Celtics Continue Tough West Coast Road Trip Vs. Trail Blazers, Nuggets

The Boston Celtics are back in action Thursday in the second of six consecutive road games. They dropped the first game of the stretch 102-93 to the Los Angeles Clippers but covered the 12-point spread at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Celtics’ road trip continues Thursday at Portland, and they then face Denver on Friday, Golden State on Sunday, Utah on Monday and Minnesota on Wednesday. This is Boston’s longest road trip of the season.

Boston dropped its first matchup with Portland, losing straight up and against the spread; it was a five-point underdog and lost 94-88. The final score came in UNDER the 209.5-point total. The Celtics are 13-26 SU and 18-21 ATS on the season. On the road, they’re 4-13 SU and 10-7 ATS.

The biggest game on Wednesday likely will be the top team in the West, Golden State, hosting the Houston Rockets. The Warriors are eight-point favorites on the NBA betting lines for the game, in the fourth matchup between these teams. The Warriors were favored in two of the three contests and covered and won all three games.

The other big matchup has the Phoenix Suns hosting the Trail Blazers. Phoenix is 24-17-2 ATS this season, including 11-8 at home. Portland is 22-19-1 ATS, including 10-9 on the road.

The closest line for Wednesday features the worst matchup of the night between New York and Philadelphia, with the 6-36 Knicks 1.5-point road underdogs against the 8-33 76ers at the sportsbooks. New York is 1-16 SU in its last 17 games, while Philadelphia is 3-16 SU in its last 19 home games. Philadelphia is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games against New York.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 11-point favorites against the Jazz for Wednesday at the sportsbooks. Cleveland is 6-2 SU and 3-5 ATS as a double-digit favorite, while Utah is 1-9 SU and 5-5 ATS as a double-digit underdog.

The Atlanta Hawks are 10.5-point favorites against the Indiana Pacers. The Hawks are 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS as double-digit favorites, while the Pacers are 1-5 SU and 4-2 ATS as double-digit underdogs.

The remainder of the week features several games with early playoff implications. The Chicago Bulls (27-16) host the San Antonio Spurs (26-16) on Thursday. Friday features the Dallas Mavericks (29-13) hosting the Bulls, and the Suns (25-18) hosting the Rockets (29-13).

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