The Boston Celtics have had some trouble with Western Conference opponents this season.
Will the Portland Trail Blazers continue that trend?
The Celtics enter Tuesday's game in Portland with a 14-8 record against the West, compared to a 25-9 mark against Eastern Conference foes. They've also lost three of their last five road games versus West opponents -- their latest a one-point defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday -- and will be without Kemba Walker for the third consecutive game.
The good news for Boston? The Blazers won't have star point guard Damian Lillard due to a groin injury and have lost four of their last six.
Here are our betting predictions for Celtics-Blazers, as well as our two NBA locks against the spread.
(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)
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Boston Celtics at Portland Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Jayson Tatum is on an absolute tear, with 30-plus points in four of his last six games. The Celtics (-310) are 8-2 over their last 10 games and should take care of business as long as Tatum shows up.
Point Spread: The Blazers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games and failed to cover without Lillard in Sunday's win over the Detroit Pistons. The Celtics (-7.5) , meanwhile, have covered in six consecutive games as a favorite.
Point Total: Portland hasn't allowed fewer than 100 points since early January, while four of Boston's last five games have hit the over. I'll go OVER again on 223.5 point total.
Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 75-44-1 (62.5% success rate)
NBA Lock of the Night
Milwaukee Bucks (-1) at Toronto Raptors: Yes, the Bucks just played an overtime game in Washington on Monday night. Yes, the Raptors are one of the hottest teams in the NBA. But Milwaukee is 49-8 for a reason. I'll take the best team in the NBA in a virtual pick 'em.
New Orleans Pelicans (+7.5) at Los Angeles Lakers: Zion Williamson and his band of Lakers cast-offs (Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart) rolling into Staples Center and pulling off the upset? I could see it. Either way, the Pelicans should keep this close.
Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 38-40-1 (48.1% success rate)