Boston faces off against Portland, seeking their fifth consecutive victory


Boston faces off against Portland, seeking their fifth consecutive victory

The Portland Trail Blazers (21-56, 14th in the Western Conference) will face off against the Boston Celtics (61-16, first in the Eastern Conference) in Boston on Sunday at 6 p.m. EDT. Boston aims to extend their four-game winning streak.

Boston has been dominant at home with a 34-3 record. They lead the Eastern Conference in rebounds per game with an average of 46.5, led by Jayson Tatum with 8.2 rebounds per game. The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, have struggled on the road with a 10-29 record and have a difficult time against teams with winning records, holding an 8-37 record in those matchups.

The Celtics score an average of 120.8 points per game, which is 5.3 points higher than the Trail Blazers’ average points against (115.5). Both teams have similar field goal percentages, with the Trail Blazers shooting 44.3% compared to their opponents’ 45.2% for the Celtics this season.

This will be the second matchup between these two teams this season, with the Celtics winning the previous game 121-99 on March 12. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 27 points in that game, while Deandre Ayton led the Trail Blazers with 22 points.

Key performers for the Celtics include Kristaps Porzingis averaging 20.4 points and Jayson Tatum with 21.4 points in the last 10 games. For the Trail Blazers, Jabari Walker is scoring 8.7 points per game and Dalano Banton is averaging 18.4 points over the last 10 games.

In the last 10 games, the Celtics have a record of 8-2, while the Trail Blazers have struggled with a 2-8 record. Celtics are averaging 119.2 points per game, with opponents averaging 106.7 points, whereas the Trail Blazers are averaging 101.8 points, and their opponents are averaging 112.9 points per game.

Players sidelined due to injuries include Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, and Jaden Springer for the Celtics, while the Trail Blazers are missing Anfernee Simons, Malcolm Brogdon, Matisse Thybulle, Jerami Grant, Toumani Camara, Shaedon Sharpe, Robert Williams III, and Ibou Badji. This story was created by the Associated Press using data from Sportradar.

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