Thursday, March 31, 2016
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The Boston Celtics travel to Moda Center to play the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The opening line for this game has Portland as 2 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 217.
The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 43-31 and a road record of 18-19. They are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 3.4 as they are averaging 105.6 points per game while giving up 102.1 per contest. Boston is 10-6 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 29-19. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Trail Blazers have an overall record of 39-36 and a home record of 24-12. They currently are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 104.5 points per game and surrendering 103.9, good for a point differential of 0.7. Portland has a division record of 9-4 and a conference record of 26-21. In their last 10 games they are 5-5.
Isaiah Thomas comes into this contest averaging 22.3 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Celtics. He pulls down 3 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 89%. Avery Bradley averages 15.1 points per game in 33.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.1 assists per contest and 2.8 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Damian Lillard averages 25.4 points per game while playing 35.9 minutes per contest this year for the Trail Blazers. He grabs 4.2 rebounds per game and has 6.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 89%. C.J. McCollum averages 20.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.3 rebounds per contest and 4.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Boston averages 105.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.4 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 25th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 27th in the league. They average 53.6 rebounds per game and 24.1 assists per game which ranks them 7th and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 13.9 per game. The Celtics allow 102.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 1st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.7 rebounds a game which ranks 29th and they give up 20.6 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 16.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the league.
Portland averages 104.5 points per game this year which ranks them 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.7 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 16th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 5th in the NBA. They average 54 rebounds per game and 21.2 assists per contest which ranks them 4th and 20th respectively. In the turnover department the Trail Blazers rank 17th with 14.5 per game. The Trail Blazers allow 103.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 18th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 16th and 25th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.3 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 21.6 assists per contest which puts them in 10th place in the league. The Trail Blazers force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the NBA.
The Celtics average 105.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 94.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 1.2 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -3 per contest. The Celtics have an offensive rating of 106.7 and a defensive rating of 103.2. In terms of pace they average 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Boston turns the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%.
The Trail Blazers score 107.6 ppg at home and they have averaged 102.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 4.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 5.5 points per game. The Trail Blazers rating on offense is 108.3 and they have a defensive rating of 107.6. They get 95.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 51%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Portland turns the ball over on 13.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 38-34-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 35-38-1 against the over/under
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers are 41-34-0 against the spread
The Portland Trail Blazers are 41-33-1 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
03/13/16 F Jae Crowder Ankle out indefinitely
Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
03/25/16 C Meyers Leonard Shoulder out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Portland
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