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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Boston44-1937-24-2104.1199.874.2417-15-220-932-30-118-1614-14-1
Houston48-1332-28-1113.84104.978.8712-17-120-1127-33-116-1411-19-1
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
NameAssistsTurnoversRatio
BOS22.3312.981.72
HOU21.7013.431.62
Rebounding
NameOffenseDefenseTotal
BOS9.0835.2244.3
HOU9.1534.4343.58
ShootingPercentage
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
BOS44.9843.541.44
HOU46.2446.57-0.33
Team Records

Boston Celtics

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall44-1923-1121-837-24-217-15-220-9104.1199.874.24
Last 106-43-33-15-52-43-1108.10107.200.90
vs Div10-35-15-28-54-24-3101.6296.465.16
vs EAST28-1312-816-524-16-110-9-114-7103.1298.984.14
vs WEST16-611-35-313-8-17-6-16-2105.95101.554.40

Houston Rockets

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall47-1324-623-731-28-112-17-119-11113.98105.188.80
Last 1010-04-06-07-32-25-1114.70100.3014.40
vs Div8-35-13-26-53-33-2107.18100.276.91
vs EAST18-58-210-39-13-11-8-18-5112.22103.968.26
vs WEST29-816-413-422-1511-911-6115.08105.959.13

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense104.1121104.9711
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense103.4121107.2323
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed43.761141.007
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense113.84299.872
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense116.171100.002
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed44.171444.2419

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
Boston4-66-40-9-199.1056.1044.6744.6098/3078.00
Houston6-44-60-9-1101.2045.6041.6545.6076/26910.00

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Dec 28, 2017HOU98BOS992BOS216.5UBOSBOSHOU623837.545.1434414/438/2999
Jan 25, 2017HOU109BOS1204BOS229PBOSBOSBOS585246.851.6304810/3111/32810
Dec 5, 2016BOS106HOU107-5.5BOS217.5UHOUHOUHOU485842.944.7424611/3212/3878
Mar 11, 2016HOU102BOS98-4.5HOU224.5UHOUHOUBOS464345.537.450455/268/31814
Nov 16, 2015BOS111HOU95-5BOS207UBOSBOSPush555547.342.4494611/3611/321610
Jan 30, 2015HOU93BOS877BOS208.5UHOUHOUHOU604241.735.650488/307/2468
Nov 1, 2014BOS90HOU104-7.5HOU208.5UHOUHOUHOU385737.842.144491/2512/34109
Jan 13, 2014HOU104BOS926HOU208UHOUBOSHOU524346.837.646508/193/1768
Nov 19, 2013BOS85HOU109-10.5HOU205.5UHOUHOUHOU446832.356.943487/209/21107
Jan 11, 2013HOU91BOS103-3BOS201UBOSBOSPush455343.851.938439/339/2398

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Boston Celtics

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Feb 28, 2018CHR134-106W-7.5211W/O62.0793.3312H
Feb 26, 2018MEM109-98W-11.5204L/O45.3570.3712H
Feb 24, 2018NY121-112W-6211.5W/O45.6585.7113A
Feb 23, 2018DET110-98W-2.5208.5W/U48.2461.1117A
Feb 14, 2018LAC119-129L-5212L/O43.3095.2415H

Houston Rockets

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Feb 28, 2018LAC105-92W-8.5228.5W/U42.3583.3313A
Feb 26, 2018UTA96-85W-1.5211.5W/U43.0476.009A
Feb 25, 2018DEN119-114W-4.5225W/O50.6581.2515A
Feb 23, 2018MIN120-102W-7.5223W/U48.7886.6714H
Feb 14, 2018SAC100-91W-14.5214.5L/U39.7690.9114H

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