Celtics vs Trail Blazers Prediction - NBA Picks 3/17/23

Portland Trail Blazers (31-38) vs Boston Celtics (48-22)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)

Betting Odds: Portland Trail Blazers +5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers meet Friday in NBA action at the Moda Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Boston Celtics are averaging 117.5 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 112.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 30.1 points and 9 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 26.8 points and 3.3 assists. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick White is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game.

The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 114.4 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 115.9 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 32.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, while Anfernee Simons is averaging 21.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. Jerami Grant is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.1 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game.

The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Trail Blazers are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The over is 9-4 in Celtics last 13 overall. The over is 5-2 in Trail Blazers last 7 home games. The Celtics are 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Portland.

The Portland Trail Blazers need a win and being at home should help, but they've underachieved all season, and they're losing their last 5 games by an average of 10 points. You just can't trust the Trail Blazers, especially against good teams. The Boston Celtics have been one of the more consistent teams in the league, and they win in the favorite role by an average of 5.4 points. We're not laying much. Give me the Celtics.

Randy’s Pick Boston Celtics -5

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