By Andy Popp
GAME 47: Blazers (25-21) vs Boston Celtics (34-10)
Previous match-up(s): December 1st, Portland 95 Boston 99
January 27, 7:30PM, TNT
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The Blazers got caught looking ahead earlier in the week against the Kings, they get to attempt to rebound tonight against the Eastern Conference powerhouse Boston Celtics.
The only place where the Celtics are vulnerable is on the glass. Unfortunately for the Blazers, without Marcus Camby, they won't be able to exploit that as well as they could've before Camby's injury.
A huge challenge for the Blazers will be somehow slowing down the Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo. Who is much faster than Andre Miller and a lot more experienced than Patty Mills.
The Celtics on paper:
Starting five: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Semih Erden, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo
Off the bench: Nate Robinson, Kendrick Perkins, Won Wafer, Glen Davis, Luke Harangody
The Celtics will be without Shaquille O'Neal tonight.
If the Blazers are going to win, they must match the Celtics' offensively, which is not an easy thing to do. The Celtics run a very deliberate, methodical offense that is highly efficient. LaMarcus Alrdige and Wes Matthews will need a lot of scoring help from their fellow starters and the bench.
LET'S GET RICH
To date: 20-16-2.
Blazers +5. I'll take Boston.
NUMBER OF BACK TO BACKS THIS SEASON (IN SETS)
vs San Antonio
This is game four of the Blazers' current five game home stand. Things don't get any easier with game 5 of the set against the San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers will need a win against one of those teams to go 3 and 2 for the trip.