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

Jeremy Perry | Updated May 02, 2021

Jayson Tatum is looking for another career night against Portland, just a few days after leading the Celtics to a comeback victory over San Antonio with a 60-point performance.

Portland
42-30
AT
May 02, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
36-36
Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -120
Over / Under o +235

66%

Betting Action

34%

Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +100
Over / Under u +235

66%

Betting Action

34%

The Boston Celtics are coming off an epic win on Friday when they came back from a 32-point deficit to beat the San Antonio Spurs in overtime. Celtics fans were booing the team early on but by the end of it, they were watching in amazement. The star of the show was Jayson Tatum, who scored a whopping 60 points. Boston has now won two in a row and they’re set to face a Portland Trail Blazers team that’s won three in a row. Which team has the upper hand in this Sunday matchup?

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The under is 5-1 in the Trail Blazers last six games played on a Sunday. Overall, the under is 8-5 in their last 13 games.

As for the Celtics, they are 0-4 against the spread in their past four games played when coming off only one day of rest. They have been a lousy bet against the spread of late as they’ve actually dropped four of their last five ATS.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers seem to have finally woken back up after that five-game losing streak, winning three straight games over tough opponents. Throughout this stretch they have had a lot of offensive help. Anfernee Simons scored 27 points, including nine straight 3-point shots in their win over the Indiana Pacers. The team still lives and dies, however, by point guard Damian Lillard, who averages 28.3 points, 7.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. While he’s still fourth in the NBA in points per game, he’s faded since the All-Star break. Lillard is scoring just 23.0 points per game in April and he doesn’t appear to be as aggressive. He’s averaged 6.8 free throw attempts per game every month until April, where he’s down to 5.5. His assists and rebounds were also down in April. Hopefully the start of May wakes him up because this isn’t the same team when he’s not playing at an MVP level.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics may be on a two-game winning streak but it’s by the skin of their teeth. They were barely able to escape their last game with a victory. The team was down by double digits late in the third quarter, Jayson Tatum put the team on his back with a 60-point outburst in the Celtic’s overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs. Tatum averages 26.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists on the year and has been the leader of the offence. Jaylen Brown has also been a big offensive contributor, pitching in 24.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per matchup. Those two provide excellent offence and defence for the Celtics and always give them a chance to win games. However, Boston is very weak at the centre position and they haven’t had much production outside of Robert Williams III. The good news is, most of Portland’s production comes from the guards. That should make things a bit easier for the Celtics.

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