Through 3 Quarters
Down four at the end of last quarter, the Portland Trail Blazers have now snagged the lead. Either team is in a position to win, but they lead against the Boston Celtics 83-82.
The Trail Blazers have been led by center Jusuf Nurkic, who so far has posted a double-double on 20 points and ten rebounds in addition to four dimes. This makes it four consecutive games in which Nurkic has had at least ten rebounds.
Boston has been relying on shooting guard Jaylen Brown, who has 20 points and five assists along with four boards, and small forward Jayson Tatum, who has 20 points and four assists along with seven boards.
Boston hasn’t lost 85% of the games in which they were down heading into the final period this season, so a victory here would be refreshing.
Portland @ Boston
Current Records: Portland 18-26; Boston 23-23
What to Know
The Portland Trail Blazers’ road trip will continue as they head to TD Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday to face off against the Boston Celtics. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they’ll have plenty of motivation to get the ‘W.’
Portland ended up a good deal behind the Miami Heat when they played on Wednesday, losing 104-92. The Trail Blazers’ defeat shouldn’t obscure the performances of shooting guard Anfernee Simons, who shot 6-for-14 from beyond the arc and finished with 27 points and seven assists, and center Jusuf Nurkic, who posted a double-double on 18 points and 14 rebounds. That makes it three consecutive games in which Nurkic has had at least 14 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Boston came up short against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, falling 111-102. Small forward Jayson Tatum wasn’t much of a difference maker for Boston; Tatum played for 35 minutes with 5-for-19 shooting.
Portland is expected to lose this next one by 8. Those betting on them against the spread shouldn’t have high expectations for them since the team is 5-11 ATS when expected to lose.
Portland suffered a grim 145-117 defeat to the Celtics in the teams’ previous meeting last December. Can the Trail Blazers avenge their loss, or is history doomed to repeat itself? We’ll soon find out.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: TD Garden — Boston, Massachusetts
- TV: NBC Sports Boston
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $39.67
The Celtics are a big 8-point favorite against the Trail Blazers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Celtics as a 7.5-point favorite.
Boston have won eight out of their last 13 games against Portland.
- Dec 04, 2021 – Boston 145 vs. Portland 117
- May 02, 2021 – Portland 129 vs. Boston 119
- Apr 13, 2021 – Boston 116 vs. Portland 115
- Aug 02, 2020 – Boston 128 vs. Portland 124
- Feb 25, 2020 – Boston 118 vs. Portland 106
- Feb 27, 2019 – Portland 97 vs. Boston 92
- Nov 11, 2018 – Portland 100 vs. Boston 94
- Mar 23, 2018 – Boston 105 vs. Portland 100
- Feb 04, 2018 – Boston 97 vs. Portland 96
- Feb 09, 2017 – Boston 120 vs. Portland 111
- Jan 21, 2017 – Portland 127 vs. Boston 123
- Mar 31, 2016 – Portland 116 vs. Boston 109
- Mar 02, 2016 – Boston 116 vs. Portland 93
Injury Report for Boston
- Marcus Smart: Out (Covid-19)
- Aaron Nesmith: Out (Ankle)
- Bol Bol: Out (Foot)
- PJ Dozier: Out for the Season (Knee)
Injury Report for Portland
- Norman Powell: Out (Personal)
- Larry Nance Jr.: Out (Knee)
- Cody Zeller: Out (Knee)
- Damian Lillard: Out (Abdomen)