Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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The Portland Trail Blazers travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The opening line for this game has Boston as 5.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 219.
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The Trail Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 32-28 and a road record of 13-16. They are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 1.3 as they are averaging 103.6 points per game while giving up 102.3 per contest. Portland is 9-3 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 23-16. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Celtics have an overall record of 36-25 and a home record of 20-10. They currently are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 106 points per game and surrendering 101.8, good for a point differential of 4.1. Boston has a division record of 7-5 and a conference record of 25-16. In their last 10 games they are 7-3.
Damian Lillard comes into this contest averaging 25.4 points per game while playing 36 minutes per night so far this season for the Trail Blazers. He pulls down 4.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. C.J. McCollum averages 20.8 points per game in 35 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.3 assists per contest and 3.6 rebounds per game for Portland. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Isaiah Thomas averages 21.4 points per game while playing 32.4 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 2.9 rebounds per game and has 6.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 89%. Avery Bradley averages 15.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.6 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 79%.
Portland averages 103.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 1.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 13th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 7th in the league. They average 54.2 rebounds per game and 21.4 assists per game which ranks them 5th and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 14.7 per game. The Trail Blazers allow 102.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 16th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 17th and 21st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 51.9 rebounds a game which ranks 14th and they give up 21.4 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the league.
Boston averages 106 points per game this year which ranks them 4th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4.1 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 22nd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 27th in the NBA. They average 53.3 rebounds per game and 24.8 assists per contest which ranks them 8th and 5th respectively. In the turnover department the Celtics rank 12th with 14.1 per game. The Celtics allow 101.8 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 5th and 3rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 55.9 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 20.6 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. The Celtics force 16.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers average 100.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 106.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -1.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 1 per contest. The Trail Blazers have an offensive rating of 108.1 and a defensive rating of 106.7. In terms of pace they average 95.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 33% of their shots. Portland turns the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Celtics score 106 ppg at home and they have averaged 104.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 7.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 5.6 points per game. The Celtics rating on offense is 106.6 and they have a defensive rating of 102.4. They get 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Boston turns the ball over on 12.4 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 14.9 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 48%.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers are 34-26-0 against the spread
The Portland Trail Blazers are 33-26-1 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 33-26-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 31-29-1 against the over/under
Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Boston Celtics Injuries
02/18/16 C Kelly Olynyk Shoulder out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Portland
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