Celtics End Six-Game Road Trip Wednesday As Favorites Vs. Timberwolves


The Boston Celtics close out their season-long six-game road trip Wednesday night when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Celtics have won three of their last four to improve to 16-27 straight up and 23-20 against the spread this season. Boston is a 3.5-point favorite against Minnesota at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Celtics are just 7-14 SU on the road, but they are 14-7 ATS in those games. They are 8-1 ATS in their last nine road games. This marks the first time they have been favored on the road since a late December game in Miami. Boston is 2-1 SU and ATS in three games as a road favorite this season.

The Celtics return home after this road trip for back-to-back home games against the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat. The Celtics then travel to face the New York Knicks next Tuesday before returning home for games against the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers.

The biggest games of Wednesday feature Portland at Cleveland and Dallas at Houston.

The Cavaliers are 5.5-point favorites against the Trail Blazers on the NBA betting lines. Cleveland is 6-0-1 SU in its last seven games and 4-1 ATS in its last five. Portland is 2-5 SU and ATS in its last seven games, but 7-1 SU and 5-2-1 ATS in its last eight games against Cleveland.

The Rockets are 4.5-point favorites against the Mavericks. Houston won the previous matchup, also a home contest. The Rockets won outright as four-point underdogs. Houston is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last six home games, while Dallas is 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS in its last six road games.

Among games with an early line, Brooklyn-Atlanta and Charlotte-San Antonio have the biggest spreads. The Hawks are 14-point home favorites, while the Spurs are 13-point home favorites.

Atlanta has won its last 11 SU as a double-digit favorite but is just 4-7 ATS in those games. Brooklyn is 1-6 SU and 3-4 ATS in seven games as a double-digit underdog this season. San Antonio is 12-1 SU and 7-5-1 ATS in 13 games as a double-digit favorite this season. Charlotte is 1-5 SU and 3-3 ATS as a double-digit underdog.

The rest of the week features several games with playoff and draft lottery implications. Friday features Atlanta (37-8) hosting Portland (32-13), Phoenix (26-20) hosting Chicago (30-17), and New Orleans (24-21) hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (31-14). On the flip side, Philadelphia (8-37) hosts Minnesota (7-37). The biggest games this weekend include San Antonio (29-17) hosting the Clippers, and Washington (31-15) hosting Toronto (30-15).

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