NBA Matchup Insight
The Celtics saw their 5-game winning streak come to end in an embarrassing loss in their last games, but they are home favorites tonight facing a struggling Trail Blazers team that is only 5-13 on the road this season and has lost 6 of their last 10 games.
Portland Blazers (19-20) at Boston Celtics (20-18)
When: 7 PM ET, Friday, March 9, 2012
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Blazers vs. Celtics Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Celtics -3.5
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
Portland was ice cold from beyond the 3-point arc and were killed on the boards in their last loss to Minnesota and it will not be easy to get back on track facing a Celtics’ defense that ranks 3rd in the league in opponents’ points allowed.
On top of that the Blazers are only averaging 91.7 ppg away from the Rose Garden this season.
The Celtics have won 9 of their last 11 home games.
The Celtics shot 35% in their blowout loss to the 76ers in their last game and missed all 8 of their 3-pointers. Rajon Rondo really struggled in the game and will be matched up against Portland PG Raymond Felton, who is a solid defender and scored 23 points in his last game.
If Felton can shut Rondo down and not let him get in the lane the Blazers have a legit chance at an upset.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points in his last game and he will be needed to have a good game on offense tonight as well as on the boards.
KG has cooled off after having a few big games and Aldridge and Marcus Camby have to play good D on him and the perimeter players have to keep Paul Pierce and Ray Allen from getting open looks from deep.
The Blazers are currently in the 11th position in the West and this current road is important for them.
Blazers vs. Celtics Handicapping Preview
This season the Blazers are 19-19-1 ATS with an O/U record of 19-20 and the Celtics are 16-22 ATS with an O/U record of 16-19-3.
In some betting trends for this non conference match up the Blazers are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall, and they have an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 games.
The Celtics are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, and they have an Over record of 8-0-1 in their last 9 home games.
Pick: The Celtics are hot at home and the Blazers are cold on the road.
Yeah, Boston was embarrassed in their last game, but they will bounce back tonight against Portland and they will win and cover the spread. Sorry Rip City.
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