The Boston Celtics (28-26) are headed to Portland Tuesday night to go against the Portland Trail Blazers (31-22) at 10 p.m. ET in the Moda Center. If you are looking for Celtics vs Trail Blazers betting preview you came just to the right place. We here at Knup Sports made an in-depth prediction of this match. Below, I will be sharing with you my picks and predictions for when these two top-tier teams meet Tuesday evening.
Odds, Spreads, and Lines
Last updated: 5 p.m. ET April 12th
Moneyline: Celtics (-105), Trail Blazers (-115)
Against the spread: Celtics +1 (-110), Trail Blazers -1 (-110)
Over/Under: O 227 (-110), U 227 (-110)
Celtics vs Trail Blazers Betting Preview – Injury Report:
Evan Fournier (Health & Safety Protocols) – ruled out for Sunday’s game against Denver
Zach Collins (Ankle) – ruled out Tuesday
Healthy Celtics Finding Their Rhythm
When the Boston Celtics are healthy, they pose problems for opposing teams. With Jayson Tatum back in the starting lineup every night, they have a reliable player to lean on down the stretch.
Not to mention he has one of the best supporting casts in the NBA with Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, and Marcus Smart. However, Walker is having one of his worst seasons, statistically averaging around his career-low with just 17.6 points per game this season. In the month of April, his most points scored in a contest was only 17 in their win against the Timberwolves in overtime.
While Kemba’s been struggling, Tatum has had no trouble taking over the spotlight. Averaging 25.7 points per game and 29 in April, Tatum has truly taken over as the lead role for the Celtics. Not only that, but he’s crashing the boards and averaging 10 rebounds within their last 3 games.
Some would argue that Tatum has been sharing that same spotlight with teammate and good friend Jaylen Brown. While Brown certainly was putting up career numbers in the first half of the season, it’s fair to say that Brown continues to play a crucial role in the Celtics success as of late. Most recently, it was his heroic performance with 32 points in a 101-99 win against the Knicks that sealed the deal.
When the Celtics travel to Portland, they will be seeking out their 4th straight win. In April thus far, the Celtics have an overall record of 5-1 with wins against 3 teams that are playoff contenders. Their one loss comes against the Eastern Conference #1 seed, the Philadelphia 76ers (36-17).
Celtics Key Wins of April:
4/4 116-86 Win vs Hornets (27-25)
4/7 101-99 Win vs Knicks (27-27)
4/11 105-87 Win vs Nuggets (34-19)
Those are some high-quality wins for the Celtics, and I anticipate for them to keep their foot on the gas in making a push for a higher seed when the season comes to a finish. There is one problem. Each game, the team on the other side will be trying to get in their way and do everything in their power to knock them down.
Streaky Trail Blazers
The one thing that has been consistent throughout the Trail Blazers season is their ability to streak. It could be a hot streak of winning 6 in a row, or it could be the other way around in losses, but this is something that hasn’t changed throughout the entire season.
In closing out March, the Blazers went on a 4 game winning streak with a tough win against the Heat (28-25), followed by a few easier wins coming against the Magic (17-36), Raptors (21-33), and Pistons (16-38).
The Blazers have had a rough start at the beginning of April so far, with only winning 2 of their 6 games played. Those 2 wins came against well below average teams such as the Thunder (20-33) and the Pistons. All of their losses came against teams that are in a good position to make the playoffs.
Tuesday night, they face another team that has put themselves in a solid spot of making the playoffs this season.
Trail Blazers 4 Losses in April:
4/2 127-109 Loss vs Bucks (33-20)
4/6 133-116 Loss vs Clippers (37-18)
4/8 122-103 Loss vs Jazz (40-13)
4/11 107-98 Loss vs Heat (28-25)
Looking at these 4 losses, I think it’s pretty clear who you should put your money on Tuesday night in this matchup. The Trail Blazers are trending downwards, while the Celtics are only going uphill. I anticipate for the Celtics to grind out this win and continue their hot streak to 5 games.
Free Pick: Boston Celtics ML (-105)
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