The Boston Celtics (37-15) will visit the Houston Rockets (33-20) at the Toyota Center in Houston. Before the season began, many people predicted this game as a Championship series. While, it might seem unlikely at this point in time, you still never know.
The Celtics have won seven straight games and nine of their last 10. Jayson Tatum is averaging 22.2 points per game while Enes Kanter averages a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game. Kemba Walker has a team-high five assists per game. The Celtics average 112.7 points per game and allow 105.5 points against. The Celtics shoot 46.4 percent from the field and snatch 45.6 rebounds per game.
The Rockets took a buzzer beating loss to the Jazz, 114-113 at home. They’re now on a two-game losing streak and will look to rebound at home against the Celtics. James Harden leads the way with 35.2 points per game along with 7.3 assists per game. Russell Westbrook averages a team-high eight rebounds per game. The Rockets average 118.2 points per game and allow 114.6 points against this season. Houston shoots 45.2 percent from the field and snag 45.6 rebounds per game.
Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets Head to Head
The Celtics and the Houston Rockets have played 143 games in the regular season with 90 victories for the Celtics and 53 for the Rockets. This will be the first season meeting, last year the rockets swept the season series.
Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets Stats
The Celtics have been on fire as of late while the Rockets have been struggling. Boston’s defense has been tremendous all season allowing 105.5 points per game. To compare, the Rockets allow 114.6 points per game, but play at a faster pace and score 118.2 points per game.
Houston scores 118.2 points while allowing 114.6 points per game and is shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from downtown and 78.4 percent from the charity stripe this season.The Rockets have seven players scoring in double figures and are led by All-Star guard James Harden. Harden scores an average of 35.2 points per game with 6.5 caroms and leads the Rockets with 7.3 assists per game. Harden drains 35.6 percent of his triple attempts this season and scored 28 points with ten rebounds and ten assists in the Rockets home loss to Utah.
Boston scores 112.7 points while allowing 105.5 points per game and is shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from downtown and 80.1 percent from the charity stripe this season. The Celtics have five players scoring in double figures and are led by All-Star forward Jayson Tatum. Tatum scores an average of 22.2 points per game with 6.9 caroms and 2.9 assists per game. Tatum drains 38.7 percent of his triple attempts this season and scored 26 points with 11 rebounds in the Celtics road win over Oklahoma City.
Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets News
Missing players Celtics: Jaylen Brown (Ankle) and Robert Williams (Hip) are questionable.
Missing players Rockets: Eric Gordon (Lower leg) and Bruno Cabaclo (Knee) are out injured.
Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets Odds
Spread: -2.5 Rockets
Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets Predictions
This game will come down to the Celtics defense and the Rockets offense. Currently, it’s been all Boston and their defense in the last ten games and they should be able to stop the Rockets offense that doesn’t have much inside when looking for second chances. I like the Celtics to win this one. Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Final Score Prediction, Boston Celtics win and cover ATS 112-105.