The NBA action continues to come thick and fast following the restart, and the Boston Celtics will look to continue their charge towards success as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers. But, could the Trail Blazers produce a potential shock against a team that many see as one of the leading hopes in the Eastern Conference?
When: Sunday 2nd August 2020
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena
How To Watch: NBA TV
Celtics vs Trail Blazers Odds
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Celtics vs Trail Blazers Preview
The Boston Celtics are seen by many as one of the sides that could potentially upset the odds this season in the Eastern Conference. They will come into this fixture on Sunday evening hot off the heels of coming up against the leading Milwaukee Bucks, and you can see our preview for that fixture here. The Celtics are destined to finish in a playoff place this season, but positioning is everything as they would be keen to avoid a difficult first round match up against the Miami Heat. However, to avoid that potentially difficult tie, they will somehow need to amass three more wins than the Toronto Raptors.
Playing away from Boston could also have a negative impact on the Celtics as they have lost three more games away from their home before the break. Momentum will be everything during this unusual end to the season, and they wil be looking to find consistency. That was something that they struggled for before the break as they won five and lost five in their previous ten. Jayson Tatum will once again be the player to watch as he has averaged 23.6 point per game this season.
Portland’s push for a playoff place isn’t going to happen, but they will still be wanting to end the season with a strong run of form to show fans that they are building something that could compete in the strong Western Conference. The Trail Blazers have really struggled away from Portland this season as 23 of their defeats have come on the road.
They have only won eleven times away from home, and that would be a concern for this stage of the season. They will at least take confidence from the fact that they have beaten teams in the playoff positions this season, as they beat the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat in February.
NBA Head To Head
This will be the second time that these two sides have come up against each other this season. The Celtics won the previous meeting 118-106 back in February. However, the Trail Blazers did record two wins over the Celtics in the 2018-19 season. But, the Celtics are a most complete team this season than they were last.
Celtics vs Trail Blazers Prediction
It’s hard to see anything other than a win for the Celtics in this game, and punters may also be looking at the handicap market to get additional value on their selection. Expect a big performance from the Celtics.