Fresh off a comeback for the ages, Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics look to continue the momentum when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. Tatum matched the franchise record for points in a game with 60 and the Celtics (34-30) erased a 32-point deficit to shock the visiting San Antonio Spurs in overtime on Friday. While Boston is jockeying with Atlanta and Miami for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, Portland (35-28) is looking to remain perfect heading into the fourth stop of its six-game road trip. Kemba Walker (oblique) is out for Boston, while Jaylen Brown (ankle) is listed as questionable.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET from TD Garden. The latest Celtics vs. Blazers odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Portland as the 1.5-point favorite. The over-under for total points is set at 234. Before finalizing any Blazers vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Trail Blazers vs. Celtics spread: Blazers -1.5
- Trail Blazers vs. Celtics over-under: 234 points
- Trail Blazers vs. Celtics money line: Blazers -120, Celtics +100
- POR: The Blazers are 19-12 against the spread on the road
- BOS: The Celtics are 18-15 against the spread at home
Why the Blazers can cover
All-Star guard Damian Lillard matched his season high with eight 3-pointers (on 13 attempts) en route to a 32-point outing in Friday's 19-point win at Brooklyn. He also had nine assists and seven rebounds for Portland, which is averaging 130.3 points and has a victory margin of 20.3 points over the first three games of the road trip. Lillard collected 28 points and 10 assists vs. the Celtics last month and 30 and 16 in his one game vs. them last season.
Guard CJ McCollum was limited to 10 points in Friday's win but he scored at least 20 points in seven of his previous eight games and is averaging 22.9 points while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor. Norman Powell has been struggling from long range since he buried 4 of 8 3-pointers and scored 20 points in the loss to Boston. Seven-foot center Jusuf Nurkic recorded his fourth double-double in five games with 23 points and 11 rebounds on Friday.
Why the Celtics can cover
Not only did Tatum tie Larry Bird for the most points in a game by a Celtic, but he also became the first player in franchise history with multiple 50-point games in one season. Tatum sparked the comeback by scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter and 11 more in overtime to become the second-youngest player in history with a 60-point game, trailing Devin Booker. He also scored 32 points in Boston's one-point win at Portland on April 13.
Brown, who was a late addition to the injury report on Sunday, had averaged 32.0 points over his previous five games before he was limited to 17 in Friday's victory. He scored 24 against the Trail Blazers last month and is averaging 26.0 points while knocking down 12 of 22 3-pointers in his last three matchups against Portland. Marcus Smart contributed a double-double (10 points, 12 assists) in Friday's victory and had 13 points and seven assists in the last matchup vs. Portland.
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