Rockets Host Celtics in Primetime on ABC

Houston Rockets Basketball

Rockets Looking for Revenge Against Celtics

The Houston Rockets will looking for revenge on Saturday when they take on the Boston Celtics at Toyota Center. The Celtics gave Houston one of their worst losses of the season. Tip-off is set for 8:30 pm EST and ABC will broadcast the game nationally.

Houston’s losses have been so few and far between this year the Rockets rarely have to circle a game on the schedule. The Rockets have done  that for the Boston Celtics tonight.

Oddsmakers opened the Rockets as -6.5-point favorites versus the Celtics, while the game’s total opened at 213.5. Houston is now 8-point favorites and the total has climbed to 214.

The Rockets blew a 26-point lead in falling 99-98 at TD Garden on Dec. 28. The fourth setback in what would be a season-long five-game losing streak.

The Rockets played without starters Chris Paul and Clint Capela, as well as reserve swingman Luc Mbah a Moute. The Rockets led 64-38 early in the second half before coming unglued. Their normally stellar offense came unraveling against the Celtics’ suffocating defense.

Houston is riding a 14-game winning streak. It is their second of this season. Houston is relatively healthy for this time of the season. Reserves Ryan Anderson has a hip issue and Brandan Wright will be out with his knee.

The Rockets have the rematch with Boston, then they face games at Oklahoma City and Toronto next week. Houston is 0-2 against those squads. The Rockets’ recent road trip featured three victories but also ragged, inconsistent performances.

In their last action, Houston was a 105-92 winner on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers. They covered the -8.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (197) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

The Celtics Will Depend on Defense Against the Rockets

The Celtics were a 134-106 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Charlotte Hornets. They covered the -7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (240) made winners of OVER bettors.

The Celtics will continue to hang their hat on defense. It does help that their offense has been outstanding since the break. Boston ranks second only to the Golden State Warriors in offensive rating at 119.5 over the last four games. They have a net rating of 15.1, that’s third in the NBA.

Defending the Rockets James Harden is always a chore. He is one of the MVP front-runners. Harden averaged 30.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 8.1 assists in February. He produced a outlandish 63.6 true shooting percentage last month. That is his second-best mark in any month this season.

 

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Boston 44-19 37-24-2 104.11 99.87 4.24 17-15-2 20-9 32-30-1 18-16 14-14-1
Houston 48-13 32-28-1 113.84 104.97 8.87 12-17-1 20-11 27-33-1 16-14 11-19-1
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
BOS 22.33 12.98 1.72
HOU 21.70 13.43 1.62
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
BOS 9.08 35.22 44.3
HOU 9.15 34.43 43.58
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
BOS 44.98 43.54 1.44
HOU 46.24 46.57 -0.33
Team Records

Boston Celtics

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 44-19 23-11 21-8 37-24-2 17-15-2 20-9 104.11 99.87 4.24
Last 10 6-4 3-3 3-1 5-5 2-4 3-1 108.10 107.20 0.90
vs Div 10-3 5-1 5-2 8-5 4-2 4-3 101.62 96.46 5.16
vs EAST 28-13 12-8 16-5 24-16-1 10-9-1 14-7 103.12 98.98 4.14
vs WEST 16-6 11-3 5-3 13-8-1 7-6-1 6-2 105.95 101.55 4.40

Houston Rockets

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 47-13 24-6 23-7 31-28-1 12-17-1 19-11 113.98 105.18 8.80
Last 10 10-0 4-0 6-0 7-3 2-2 5-1 114.70 100.30 14.40
vs Div 8-3 5-1 3-2 6-5 3-3 3-2 107.18 100.27 6.91
vs EAST 18-5 8-2 10-3 9-13-1 1-8-1 8-5 112.22 103.96 8.26
vs WEST 29-8 16-4 13-4 22-15 11-9 11-6 115.08 105.95 9.13

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 104.11 21 104.97 11
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 103.41 21 107.23 23
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 43.76 11 41.00 7
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 113.84 2 99.87 2
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 116.17 1 100.00 2
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 44.17 14 44.24 19

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Boston 4-6 6-4 0-9-1 99.10 56.10 44.67 44.60 98/307 8.00
Houston 6-4 4-6 0-9-1 101.20 45.60 41.65 45.60 76/269 10.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Dec 28, 2017 HOU 98 BOS 99 2 BOS 216.5 U BOS BOS HOU 62 38 37.5 45.1 43 44 14/43 8/29 9 9
Jan 25, 2017 HOU 109 BOS 120 4 BOS 229 P BOS BOS BOS 58 52 46.8 51.6 30 48 10/31 11/32 8 10
Dec 5, 2016 BOS 106 HOU 107 -5.5 BOS 217.5 U HOU HOU HOU 48 58 42.9 44.7 42 46 11/32 12/38 7 8
Mar 11, 2016 HOU 102 BOS 98 -4.5 HOU 224.5 U HOU HOU BOS 46 43 45.5 37.4 50 45 5/26 8/31 8 14
Nov 16, 2015 BOS 111 HOU 95 -5 BOS 207 U BOS BOS Push 55 55 47.3 42.4 49 46 11/36 11/32 16 10
Jan 30, 2015 HOU 93 BOS 87 7 BOS 208.5 U HOU HOU HOU 60 42 41.7 35.6 50 48 8/30 7/24 6 8
Nov 1, 2014 BOS 90 HOU 104 -7.5 HOU 208.5 U HOU HOU HOU 38 57 37.8 42.1 44 49 1/25 12/34 10 9
Jan 13, 2014 HOU 104 BOS 92 6 HOU 208 U HOU BOS HOU 52 43 46.8 37.6 46 50 8/19 3/17 6 8
Nov 19, 2013 BOS 85 HOU 109 -10.5 HOU 205.5 U HOU HOU HOU 44 68 32.3 56.9 43 48 7/20 9/21 10 7
Jan 11, 2013 HOU 91 BOS 103 -3 BOS 201 U BOS BOS Push 45 53 43.8 51.9 38 43 9/33 9/23 9 8

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Boston Celtics

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Feb 28, 2018 CHR 134-106 W -7.5 211 W/O 62.07 93.33 12 H
Feb 26, 2018 MEM 109-98 W -11.5 204 L/O 45.35 70.37 12 H
Feb 24, 2018 NY 121-112 W -6 211.5 W/O 45.65 85.71 13 A
Feb 23, 2018 DET 110-98 W -2.5 208.5 W/U 48.24 61.11 17 A
Feb 14, 2018 LAC 119-129 L -5 212 L/O 43.30 95.24 15 H

Houston Rockets

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Feb 28, 2018 LAC 105-92 W -8.5 228.5 W/U 42.35 83.33 13 A
Feb 26, 2018 UTA 96-85 W -1.5 211.5 W/U 43.04 76.00 9 A
Feb 25, 2018 DEN 119-114 W -4.5 225 W/O 50.65 81.25 15 A
Feb 23, 2018 MIN 120-102 W -7.5 223 W/U 48.78 86.67 14 H
Feb 14, 2018 SAC 100-91 W -14.5 214.5 L/U 39.76 90.91 14 H

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