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The Portland Trail Blazers (37-23) get set to take on the Boston Celtics (37-24) tonight in Boston at 5pm. Tonight’s game will be Portland’s 4 consecutive games on the road as they look to stay undefeated on this seven-game, 13 days, east coast trip. Taking a look around the league at last night's games two things are important to mention as every game around this time of year becomes more and more important. Last night the Oklahoma City Thunder (38-22) faced off against another Western Conference elite in the Denver Nuggets (42-18). Denver defeated Oklahoma City 121-112, Nikola Jokic had a night with 36 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists.
With the Thunder losing last night, Portland moves to just one game back of the Thunder for the third place spot in the West. A win tonight would move them to within a half a game.
It’s important to remember that the Thunder owns the tie-breaker for the season against Portland so it will take finishing with a better record than the Thunder to retain the third place spot if the Blazers are able to catch the Thunder in the standings. Tonight’s opponent also played last night, although many of the starters got plenty of rest late in this one. The Toronto Raptors (45-17), who the Blazers play two days from now and the Boston Celtics faced off last night for the first game of a back-to-back for the Celtics. Losing to the Raptors 118-95.
It’s been an up and down season by all accounts for the Celtics this year. While the Trail Blazers strive for consistent solid play, many Boston fans have been hoping for the same.