Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics: Preview & Picks 3/08/2023

Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics: Preview & Picks 3/08/2023

March 8, 2023



Game Preview


As the season heats up, these teams understand the importance of the games with time running out. The Portland Trail Blazers will play game four of their six-game road trip against the Boston Celtics, with two matches scheduled within the next ten days. The first game will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST in Boston’s TD Garden, and despite not meeting since January last year, both teams are well aware of the significance of the matchup.


Currently, Portland sits in the Western Conference’s crowded pack between the ninth and 13th positions, holding 10th place, which secures the final play-in spot. However, they are in a four-way tie with another team trailing by only half a game. Despite playing under pressure in March without starting center Jusuf Nurkic, Damian Lillard’s impressive performance since the start of 2023, where he’s averaging 36.1 points, 7.2 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game, could help Portland survive until his return.


Let’s check the latest picks, NBA news, stats and NBA expert picks for Trail Blazers vs Celtics. We’ve plenty of NBA predictions for you to consider.


Led by Damian Lillard, Portland ranks sixth in adjusted offensive rating this season, with their effective field goal percentage ranking ninth in the NBA. They take the eighth-highest number of three-pointers, knocking down 41.7% of them, and are sixth in free throw percentage, hitting 80.6% of their shots. However, they sit at the bottom of the league’s defensive rating, with almost all other statistics placing them in the bottom half of the NBA rankings.


On the other hand, the Boston Celtics have lost three consecutive games after leading the NBA’s top record for most of the season. They currently hold the second position in the Eastern Conference, with the playoffs in clear sight unless they unexpectedly collapse. However, they have room for improvement in certain areas, such as taking more shots at the rim and getting to the line more often. Despite this, they remain championship favorites, ranking second in net rating this season, third in offensive rating, and top-10 in several statistics, including effective field goal percentage, turnover percentage, free throw percentage, and three-point percentage.


Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics Game Information


  • Date: 03/08/2023
  • Time: 07:40 PM ET
  • Location: TD Garden.
  • How to Watch Trail Blazers vs Celtics: NBC Sports Boston
  • Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

Trail Blazers vs Celtics Betting Lines


Celtics are –475 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $21.05. On the other side, Trail Blazers are +360 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $360.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Celtics at a 17.39% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Trail Blazers have 21.74% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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