Celtics vs. Trail Blazers Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 13, 2021

Damien Lillard has kept Portland in contention for home court advantage in the playoffs. He has five 40+ point games this season and is now 11th all-time on the NBA made threes list.

Boston
35-33
AT
April 13, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
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Portland
39-29
Pointspread +1 -110
Moneyline -103
Over / Under o +230

34%

Betting Action

66%

Pointspread -1 -110
Moneyline -117
Over / Under u +230

34%

Betting Action

66%

Boston’s three-game Western road swing continues on Tuesday as they head to Portland to face the Trail Blazers.  The Celtics had a great outing in a 105-87 win in Denver on Sunday, while Portland comes into this matchup with three losses in their last four games.

The Trail Blazers are 1-point favourites on the NBA odds with a total of 228.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Boston is two games above .500 for the year, but they still struggle outside of TD Garden with an 11-16 road record.  They’re 26-28 against the spread and have covered in four of their last five road games.  Although this is the first time these teams will meet this season, they generally produce high-scoring games against each other.  Four of the last five games Boston has played in Portland have gone Over.

The Trail Blazers sit in the middle of the Western Conference playoff teams, but they risk falling further down the standings as they’ve lost four of their last six games.  They’re 26-27 ATS and have covered in 11 of 27 home games.  The total has gone Under in six straight home games for Portland.

Boston Celtics

Boston’s defence is on another level lately.  The Celtics have gone Under the total in eight of their last nine games and after trailing by 14 points in the third quarter on Sunday, they closed out Denver on a 40-8 run.  Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the offence, combining for 48 points in the win.  Marcus Smart is providing some depth scoring and averaging 17 points a night over his last four games.  Robert Williams has been strong in the paint and leads Boston in rebounds per game (9.3) over the last 10 matchups.

With the Celtics’ defence suffocating opponents, Tatum has a chance to do some serious offensive damage.  Tatum had 53 points in an overtime win against Minnesota on Friday and became the youngest Celtic player to have a 50-point game.  He followed that up with 28 points and 10 boards on Sunday.  Over the last 10 games, Tatum is averaging a team-high 29.4 points per game and is second in rebounds with eight per night.  He’s also shot 49.5 per cent from the field and 94 per cent from the line over that time.

Portland Trail Blazers

Portland’s recent losses may have come at the hands of top teams in the Western Conference, but it’s still concerning.  The Trail Blazers are just 2-10 against top-four teams from either conference this season and 7-4 against top-eight sides.  They failed to hit the century mark for the first time in almost a month in Sunday’s 107-98 loss to Miami.  Jusuf Nurkic‘s return hasn’t been the boost the Trail Blazers were hoping for.  Since Nurkic’s return from a broken wrist, Portland has lost three of four games by a combined 46 points.

Damien Lillard had an uncharacteristically off-performance on Sunday.  The NBA’s fourth-highest scorer (28.7 ppg) only managed 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting against Miami.  It was likely a one-off performance.  Lillard has had five 40+ point games this season and is now 11th all-time on the NBA made threes list.  While Nurkic, CJ McCollum and various other players were in and out of the lineup due to injury, Lillard was averaging over 30 points per game to keep Portland in contention for home court advantage in the playoffs.  If he can return to that form, this will be a dangerous Trail Blazers team.

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