Boston Celtics vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 4/13/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Portland Blazers
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+2)
The Portland Blazers (31-22) play the Boston Celtics (28-26) at Moda Center on Tuesday. The spread on this matchup has Portland as 2-point favorites. The total is set at 227.5.
The Boston Celtics faced off with the Denver Nuggets and earned the victory with a final of 105-87 in their last game. Boston ended the contest having earned a 44.8% FG percentage (39 of 87) and knocked down 7 of 33 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Celtics knocked down 20 of their 23 tries for a rate of 87.0%. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 52 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 20 assists in the matchup in addition to creating 9 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When it comes to the defense, Boston allowed the other team to shoot 36.4% from the floor on 32 out of 88 shooting. Denver distributed 23 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, Denver grabbed 46 rebounds (13 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 7 blocked shots. Denver finished the game at 83.3% when shooting free throws by making 15 of 18 attempts. They made 8 of 34 tries from beyond the arc.
Jayson Tatum is a guy who was important for the matchup. He accumulated 28 points on 9 of 23 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33:25 minutes played and also grabbed 10 boards. Tatum ended up going 39.1% from the field and also earned 2 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this game for the Celtics was Jaylen Brown. He pulled down 8 rebounds in his 35:57 min played on the night. He ended up going 53.3% from the floor in this matchup by going 8-of-15 (20 points). When all was said and done, Brown had 3 assists.
Boston enters this game with a mark of 28-26 on the season. The Celtics are shooting 37.4% on shots from downtown (713 of 1,908) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 112.4 pts per game (16th in the league) while shooting 46.9% from the field. They are turning it over 14.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 20.6 fouls per contest. As a unit, Boston is snagging 44.1 boards per game and has totaled 1,254 assists on the year, which is 21st in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Celtics are forcing their opponents into 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. They concede 37.1% on three-point shots while they are 10th in the league in points per game allowed (110.4). The Celtics defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 46.3% (772 of 1,042) and they relinquish 42.2 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 9th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,269 relinquished for the year.
The last time they took the court, the Portland Blazers took a defeat with a final score of 107-98 when they faced the Miami Heat. The Blazers snagged 33 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 41 in the game. They also coughed up the ball 17 times, while earning 5 steals in this contest. The Heat committed 18 personal fouls for this contest which got the Blazers to the charity stripe for 19 attempts. They were able to bury 13 of them for a rate of 68.4%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Portland converted 11 out of 35 tries (31.4%). Overall, the Blazers ended up going 37 out of 77 from the floor which had them at 48.1%. The Blazers permitted the Heat to knock down 41 out of their 83 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 49.4% in this contest. They finished shooting 41.4% from three-point range by connecting on 12 of 29 and ended up going 13 out of 20 at the charity stripe (65.0%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Portland permitted Miami to collect 30 overall (6 on the offensive glass).
CJ McCollum ended up having an impact for the Blazers for the game. He buried 7 out of 18 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 38.9%, and added 6 rebounds. McCollum racked up 17 points in his 35:43 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 assists for the game. An additional guy that played a role for Portland was Norman Powell. He ended up walking away with 2 assists in 33:16 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 7 out of 13 from the floor. Powell ended up shooting 53.8% from the field while contributing 17 points and 4 total rebounds.
Portland has a mark of 31-22 so far this season. Portland has accumulated 6,080 pts on the campaign (114.7 per game) and they average 43.9 rebounds per game. The Blazers are committing 19.3 fouls every game and they hit 82.9% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Blazers are shooting 44.6% from the floor, which is 26th in basketball. They are assisting teammates 20.3 times per contest (30th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.4 times per game. The Blazers on the defensive side of the court are 26th in basketball in points given up per game with 114.9. They have allowed 25.0 assists and 45.6 total boards per game, which is ranked 18th and 22nd in the NBA. The Portland defense allows 37.2% on 3-point shots (682 of 1,835) and their opponents are knocking down 77.5% of their free throw shots. They have forced 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.9% from the field (26th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-2)
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