Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers Predictions, Free NBA Pick 2/25/2020
Game: Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Boston -2
Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics (39-17, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) travel to Moda Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Portland Trail Blazers (26-32, 4th in the Northwest Division). The line on this matchup has Boston as 2 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 230.
The Celtics are covering the spread 63.0% of the time, having gone 34-20-2 ATS. Portland is covering 41.1% of the time, going 23-33-2 against the spread.
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
02/23/20 PG Kemba Walker Knee is questionable Tuesday vs Portland
Key Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/25/19 PF Zach Collins Shoulder is out indefinitely
12/06/19 SG Rodney Hood Achilles is out indefinitely
10/19/19 C Jusuf Nurkic Leg is out indefinitely
02/19/20 PG Damian Lillard Groin is out indefinitely
Jaylen Brown comes into this game averaging 20.3 points per contest while playing 33.7 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.4 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.2 assists per game. His FG percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage is 74%. Jayson Tatum averages 22.9 points per contest in 34.2 minutes per game. He averages 2.9 assists per game and 7.0 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% for the season while his free throw percentage is 82%.
CJ McCollum scores 21.8 points per contest while playing 35.9 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.0 rebounds per contest and has 4.0 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 75%. Carmelo Anthony averages 15.6 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.5 rebounds per game and has 1.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston averages 113.3 points per contest, which is 9th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 6.8 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 13th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 9th in the NBA. They average 45.9 boards per contest and 23.2 assists per game, which ranks them 10th and 23rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 23rd with 13.8 per game. The Celtics allow 106.6 points per contest, which is 4th in the NBA. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 6th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 44.0 rebounds a game which ranks 8th, and they allow 22.4 assists per game which puts them in 4th place in the league. They force 15.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Portland is 8th in the NBA with 113.3 points per contest this season. They are 20th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.97. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 5th in the league. They are 12th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.7 boards per contest and 30th in assists per game with 20.0. The Blazers are 27th in turnovers per contest with 12.8. The Blazers give up 115.3 points per game, which ranks them 26th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 10th and 26th in those defensive statistics. They rank 16th with 24.4 dimes allowed per game and 30th with 48.0 boards surrendered per contest. The Blazers are 3rd in the league in forcing turnovers with 12.7 per contest this year.
The Celtics are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 106.4, and their offensive rating of 113.2 is ranked 4th. They are 17th in the NBA in pace with 99.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 11th. As a unit they are 9th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 14th in the NBA. Boston is 23rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 26th in the NBA.
Portland is 28th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 17th in the league. The Blazers are 10th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112, and their defensive rating of 113.9 is ranked 27th. In terms of pace they are 11th in the league with 100.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 20th. As a team they are 18th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 16th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Celtics/Blazers NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Portland +2
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