Free NBA Picks Today: Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers 3/8/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers 3/8/23
Wed 8th March 2023

The Boston Celtics (45-21, 25-9 Home), one of the NBA’s top scoring teams, welcome the Portland Trail Blazers (31-34, 14-19 Away) on Wednesday.

Portland topped the Detroit Pistons 110-104 at Little Caesars Arena on Monday. With 31 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, Damian Lillard led the way.

The Trail Blazers are the 13th seed in the Western Conference. Boston dropped their third in a row on Monday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-114 in overtime.

Jaylen Brown had 32 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists in the losing effort, leading the team. The Celtics are second in the Eastern Conference, 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks.

The teams are meeting for the first time this season. Portland and Boston split their matchups last season, each team winning one game. The Trail Blazers won the last meeting 109-105 at TD Garden in January 2022.

Jusuf Nurkic led the Trail Blazers with 29 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists. Jayson Tatum had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists in the losing effort.

The Blazers have been led this season by Lillard, who is averaging 32.4 points per game, third-highest in the NBA. Lillard also has dished 7.2 assists per game. Meanwhile, Josh Hart is grabbing 8.2 rebounds.

Tatum (30.3 ppg) and Brown (26.6) have supplied much of the Celts’ offense. Tatum ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring, while Brown is 10th. Tatum also has collected 8.9 rebounds per game. Marcus Smart has recorded 6.7 assists per game.

The Celtics rank as one of the top scoring offenses in the NBA, fourth-best with 117.7 points per game. The Trail Blazers have had the advantage in the last 10 games at TD Garden, winning six.In the last 10 games, Portland is 4-6 with an average margin of -6.0 (116.2-122.2).

For the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 114.9 points per game, compared to 115.6 for opponents. Boston has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 118.2 points per game on average while holding opponents to 118.0 (+0.2 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Cam Reddish: 22.4 | 14.0 | +8.4
Anfernee Simons: 8.0 | 27.9 | -19.9
Points per game:
Cam Reddish: 15.4 | 10.3 | +5.1
Anfernee Simons: 4.0 | 21.1 | -17.1
Rebounds per game:
Damian Lillard: 7.4 | 4.6 | +2.8
Assists per game:
HeyAnfernee Simons: 1.0 | 4.1 | -3.1


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Al Horford: 26.8 | 18.9 | +7.8
Assists per game:
Jayson Tatum: 7.0 | 4.8 | +2.2
Marcus Smart: 4.2 | 6.7 | -2.5

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Boston Celtics -10.5 (-105)

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