Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball Point Spread news and notes. NBA Premium 500-star Picks are winning at a 68.2% rate and will continue through the NBA Finals in June of 2016. The (43-31) Boston Celtics of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division will be in “RIP CITY” for an out of Conference matchup. Boston play’s the (39-36) Portland Trailblazers of the Western Conference Northwest in 2016 NBA action. Tip-off is 10:00 PM EST. The game is on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The teams will play at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon. The best Sports Handicapper believes the Boston Celtics are one NBA star away from being contenders for a World Championship. General Manager Danny Ainge must get it done through free agency in the offseason. Portland lost a few marquee players and are doing an excellent job developing young talent. The Opening Betting line has Boston as a three and a half-point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 214′ for Wednesdays game.
The Boston Celtics have won four of their last five straight up. Boston is currently 1-1 on their West Coast road trip. The Celtic lost at the Clipper on March 28th bu double digits. Boston is second in the Atlantic, six and a half games behind first-place Toronto. The Celtics are going to be in the postseason for the second consecutive year. They lost in the first round as an eighth seed in 2015 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Head Coach Brad Stevens expects his team to compete on their road trip. Boston play’s Golden State on April 1st and play the Los Angeles Lakers on April 3rd. The future looks bright for Boston, with core starters and bench players signed to contracts. The Celtics also get a high lottery pick from Brooklyn in the 2016 NBA draft. The Celtics ranks 5th scoring the basketball, and the defense allows 102.1 points per contest. Point Guard Isaiah Thomas is the team leader in scoring and assists. The key to a Boston victory is to compete at both ends of the court.
The 2016 Portland Trailblazers are on a two-game winning streak. Portland is 0-2 in the span against the spread. Portland is also second in their division, thirteen games behind first-place Oklahoma City. Portland is playing exceptional basketball after a disastrous offseason. The franchise lost All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and role player Nicolas Batum. Point Guard Damian Lillard is the new leader of the team and is playing at an MVP level. Moe Harkless and CJ McCollum are also making the best out of their playing time. Portland has an active group of young players that can become contenders in the West. Portland averages 104.5 points per contest scoring the basketball, seventh in the league. The Blazers defense ranks 18th league-wide, which can improve. Lillard, McCollum and Center Mason Plumlee lead the team in scoring, assists, steals, rebound and shot-blocks. Portland must take advantage of the home crowd. This, a matchup of two of the young and talented teams in the league.
Boston is 3-1 ATS the last four between the teams.
The Betting Odds Under The Total are 3-0 the last three between the teams.
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