Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 12/4/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Moda Center is the site where the Portland Trail Blazers (11-12) will go up against the Boston Celtics (12-10) on Saturday.
The Celtics faced the 76ers and walked away with a win by a score of 88-87 in their last contest. Boston finished having earned a 41.8% field goal percentage (33 of 79) and converted 11 out of their 28 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Celtics buried 11 of their 15 shots for a rate of 73.3%. In reference to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 46 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 18 assists for the contest as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 5 steals. When discussing the defense, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 37.1% from the field on 33 of 89 shooting. Philadelphia recorded 46 assists and had 20 steals in the game. Moreover, Philadelphia grabbed 38 rebounds (8 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 8 blocks. Philadelphia finished the contest at 76.5% at the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of their 17 attempts. They also converted 8 of their 31 shots from downtown. Regarding fouls, the Celtics ended up finishing with 15 and the 76ers totaled 7 fouls.
Jayson Tatum is someone who was a contributor for the matchup. He accounted for 26 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He played for 37 minutes played and snagged 16 rebounds. Tatum walked away from this one shooting 45.0% from the floor and also dished out 2 assists.
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Boston enters this game with a mark of 12-10 on the campaign. They turn the ball over 14.0 times per game and as a squad they commit 18.8 fouls every game. As a team, Boston is pulling in 47.2 boards per game and has accounted for 495 dimes so far this year, which is 23rd in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Celtics are connecting on 32.8% on shots from downtown (261 of 796) and 81.3% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 106.3 pts per contest (19th in the league) while shooting 43.4% from the floor.
On the defensive end of the court, the Celtics are able to force 13.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.6 fouls. They are currently ranked 5th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 471 conceded on the year. The Celtics defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 43.2% (836 of 1,937) and they relinquish 46.4 boards per game as a squad. They are conceding 33.1% from beyond the arc and they are 8th in the league in opponents PPG (104.6).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Trail Blazers took a loss by a score of 114-83 when they played the Spurs. When discussing how they attacked the glass, Portland allowed San Antonio to get 42 in all (6 offensive). They wrapped up this game 38.9% from beyond the arc by hitting 14 out of 36 and ended up shooting 12 of 16 from the free throw line (75.0%). The Trail Blazers allowed the Spurs to make 44 out of their 91 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.4% in this matchup. Overall, the Trail Blazers shot 29 out of 82 from the field which gave them a rate of 35.4%. In terms of 3-pointers, Portland buried 12 out of 34 attempts (35.3%). They were able to knock down 13 of them for a percentage of 76.5%. The Spurs earned 12 fouls for the game which took the Trail Blazers to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They also gave up possession of the ball 18 times, while recording 8 steals for the matchup. The Trail Blazers were able to pull down 33 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 in the game.
Ben McLemore ended up being a factor for the Trail Blazers in this game. He buried 4 of 9 in the game for a field goal percentage of 44.4%, and earned 2 rebounds. McLemore earned 11 points in his 27 mins of playing time and added 3 assists for the game.
Portland has a mark of 11-12 this season. The Trail Blazers commit 18.8 fouls per game and they connect on 78.9% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 23.4 times per game (16th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per game. Portland has totaled 2,511 points for the campaign (109.2 per game) and they grab 44.7 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Trail Blazers are shooting 45.4% from the floor, which is 15th in basketball.
The Portland defense surrenders 38.1% on 3-pointers (315 of 826) and their opponents are knocking down 73.7% of their free throw shots. They concede 26.0 dimes and 43.0 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 28th and 4th in the league. The Trail Blazers on the defensive end are ranked 24th in the NBA in points given up per game with 110.2. They are able to force 13.6 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.4% from the floor (28th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston
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