2004 Season NBA Basketball Past Picks
December 09, 2004
Boston at Portland
Thursday 12/09 10:35 PM Eastern
2 units on Portland -6 (-110) (risk 2 to return 3.82) RESULT: LOSS
Late night matchup between two teams in desperate need of a win. Boston beat the Trailblazers earlier this season but it won't happen again tonight. Boston's a bit of mess as evidenced by team leaders publicly calling out the team for lack of focus and teamwork. The Celts aren't playing defense now, especially on the road where they are allowing over 104 points per game. This is the third-straight road game for the Celts who don't perform well in this situation. They are 13-31 ATS after playing 2 consecutive road games over the last 3 seasons and 5-16 ATS when both of those road games were losses. I expect the Trailblazers to bounce back from their embarrasing 22 point home loss to Phoenix on Sunday. Mo Cheeks will have them motivated and Portland is 18-2 ATS after a blowout loss by 15 points or more over the last 3 seasons. Home teams off a blowout loss by 15 points or more when facing an opponent that has allowed 55 points or more in the first half in 2 straight games are 46-19 (71%) ATS since 1996. Two star pick: Portland minus the points.