The Houston Rockets (19-18) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (29-9) on Saturday, January 13th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on NBCS. The Rockets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Celtics are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pistons. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Rockets vs Celtics
The Rockets Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Rockets took down the Pistons by a score of 112-110. The Rockets tipped off as -9-point favorites, but despite their 2 point victory, they couldn’t cover the spread. Considering the over/under, the total of 222 points fell short of the set over/under line of 225.5.
At this point in the season, the Rockets have a record of 19-18, which has them sitting just below .500. In the Western Conference, they are currently in 9th place and are 3rd in the Southwest division.
Houston currently has an ATS record of 21-15, placing them above .500 against the spread. The Rockets have two straight ATS losses as the underdog and are 9-3 vs. the spread as the favorite.
The Celtics Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Celtics lost to the Bucks with a final score of 135-102. Alongside their straight-up loss, the Celtics couldn’t cover as +2 point underdogs. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 237 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 247.5.
The Celtics have gone 3-2 in their last five games and are 29-9 overall. Currently, they hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference and are also first in the Atlantic division.
Boston has an overall ATS record of 17-19 for the season so far. When playing on the road, the Celtics hold an ATS record of 7-12 in contrast to a 10-7 record against the spread when playing at home.
Rockets Offense Breakdown
Through 37 games games, Houston is averaging 112.6 points per game (23rd).
On the road this season, the Rockets are averaging 111.2 points per game, which is 22nd in the NBA. Overall, they are 23rd in scoring at 112.6 points per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, Houston is 17th in the league with an average of 12.4 made threes per game. They are also 16th in three-point attempts.
So far this season, the Rockets have outscored the NBA scoring average in 40.5% of their games. In terms of pace, Houston is 20th in the league at 98.4 possessions per game.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
Today, the Celtics enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 120.8 points per game (5th).
When playing at home, the Celtics are averaging 123.3 points per game, which is 5th in the NBA. Overall, they are 5th in the league in scoring at 120.8 points per game. In terms of three-point shooting, the Celtics lead the NBA in both three-point attempts and makes. However, they are 9th in three-point shooting percentage at 37%.
So far this season, the Celtics have outscored the NBA average in 71.1% of their games. In terms of pace, Boston is 18th in the league at 98.8 possessions per game. When it comes to field goal shooting, the Celtics are 11th in the NBA at 47%. They are also 15th in free throw attempts and makes.
When it comes to two-point shooting, the Celtics are 4th in the NBA at 57%. In terms of offensive rebounds, Boston is 13th in the league. Overall, they are 20th in assists at 25.8 per game.
Rockets Team Defense
In the current season, the Rockets defense has excelled, sitting 2nd in the NBA by allowing 110.5 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Rockets are forcing 12.4 per game, which is 8th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 26th in blocked shots at 4.1 per game.
Celtics Team Defense
In the current season, the Celtics defense has excelled, sitting 6th in the NBA by allowing 111.6 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Celtics’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 51.7% and allowing 36.4% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Rockets And Celtics
In today’s game, our projections have Jalen Green leading the Rockets with 18 points on 6/15 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 17.6 points per game, along with 4.6 rebounds.
On the other side, Jayson Tatum is our projected leading scorer for the Celtics. We have him ending the game with a team-high 26 and grabbing 9 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 47.9%, and he is contributing 27.4 points per game on average.
Rockets vs Celtics Trends
- Across the Rockets last ten road games, the team averaged 113 points per game while allowing 116. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 3-6-1, while going 4-6 straight-up.
- Although Boston has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 5-5. The team averaged 126 points per game in these games.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Houston has an ATS mark of 3-7 while going 3-7 straight up.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Celtics have a straight up record of 8-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 5-5.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +15.5, the Rockets is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 228.5 and given that our model is projecting 233 points between the teams, we like the over.
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