Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 27 (12/27): NBA

Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 27 (12/27): NBA

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Celtics money line -1600
Celtics spread -14.5 (-110)
Rockets money line +800
Rockets spread +14.5 (-110)
Over / under 231

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Boston Celtics Houston Rockets
Record 24-10 10-23
Home / road record 13-5 4-13
Streak W2 W1
Points per game 118.00 109.00
Points allowed per game 112.00 115.00
Rebounds per game 46.00 43.00
Rebounds allowed per game 44.00 41.00
Over / under record 18-16 17-16
 

Preview

The Boston Celtics continue at home and will host the Houston Rockets at the TD Garden on Tuesday night. These teams faced each other twice last season and the Celtics won and covered the spread in both games.  

 

Boston Celtics

The Celtics get here with a 24-10 record overall and are 13-5 at home ranking 1st in the Atlantic division. The Celtics have gone 14-8 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston averages 118.1 points and has outscored opponents by 5.9 points per game.

Marcus Smart is averaging 11.6 points and 7.3 assists for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum is averaging 30.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists over the last 10 games for Boston.

In their last 10 games, the Celtics are 5-5, averaging 113.6 points, 47.0 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 8.4 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 44.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.8 points per game.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets have lost 5 of their last 6 games and are 4-13 on the road this season with a 10-23 record overall ranking 5th in the Southwest Division. The Rockets are 5-14 against Western Conference opponents. Houston is 7-13 against opponents with a winning record.

Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists for the Rockets. Green is averaging 21.9 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 42.7% over the last 10 games for Houston.

In their last 10 games the Rockets are 4-6, averaging 110.6 points, 49.1 rebounds, 22.1 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.8 points.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Houston are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Boston.

Houston are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Boston.

Houston are 4-15 SU in their last 19 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games.

Boston are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games against Houston.

The total has gone OVER in 12 of Boston's last 15 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Celtics have been on fire in their last 2 games at home ranking in the 1st position in the Atlantic Division and looks like they're back after beating the Timberwolves and the Bucks scoring 130 points per game. The Rockets have lost 5 of their last 6 games and even as they destroyed the Bulls in their last game on the road the Celtics are a whole different team. Houston will be again without Eric Gordon and playing on b2b games. I'm going with the Celtics at home to win and cover the spread.

 

PICK: Celtics -14.5 (-110)

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