Boston Celtics (20-13) vs Houston Rockets (18-15)Date : 12/27/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets
The Boston Celtics will visit the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, to battle the Houston Rockets on Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time as both teams continue to play well as they have each won their last two outings with the Rockets picking up a much-needed win over the Oklahoma City Thunder at home in their last contest as the Rockets were able to rally from a halftime deficit in which to outscore the Thunder later in the game while pulling out the all-important victory in the meantime.
On the other hand, the Boston Celtics picked up a huge overtime win at home over the Philadelphia 76ers recently as they received 40 points from Kyrie Irving who also had 10 assists on the night. Irving not only hit a key jumper which forced the game into overtime, but also hit two 3-pointers during the overtime period in which to seal the victory for the Celtics. In all, Boston is 4-0 against the spread in the last four meetings with the Houston Rockets while the under has been the play in seven of the last eight meetings amongst these two teams at Toyota Center.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
After enduring a three-game losing streak to where their were averaging just 105 points per game, the Boston Celtics have rebounded immensely as they have certainly stepped things up from an offensive standpoint in their last two outings. As stated, they put in 121 points versus a Philadelphia Sixers squad that was playing well lately and beginning a five-game road trip in their last time out as Kyrie Irving was the star of the game in putting up 40 points along with 10 rebounds while Jayson Tatum along with Marcus Morris also chipped in 23 points apiece for the Celtics in assisting in the victory as they only shot 41% from the field while making good on 14 three point attempts on the night, with Irving going 5-10 in this area along with Morris going 3-5 for the game as well.
Defensively, the Sixers shot only 41% from the field yet were successful in connecting on 15 3-point attempts on the night as Joel Embiid along with Jimmy Butler led the team with 34 and 23 points, respectively,with Embiid pulling down 16 rebounds for the night in addition to Butler going 9-21 from the floor in the contest. Nonetheless, Kyrie Irving was certainly successful in getting his shots throughout the game he seal the win in overtime in scoring six huge points in the form of two three pointers en route to the confidence-building win for the Celtics moving forward.
”Just competition at its highest. I love going against the best. It’s not too often you get to do that in the regular season, especially on a holiday like Christmas,” said Irving,With that being said, look for the Celtics to continue this type of momentum versus a Houston squad that has been pretty confident in their approach recently as their defense continues to be the tip of the spear in their success at this point in the season.
Houston Rockets's Latest Performance :
The Houston Rockets begin a three-game home stand versus the Boston Celtics on Friday night as they enter the matchup winners of seven of the last eight games, overall, while also being victorious in two straight after they picked up a huge win over the Oklahoma City Thunder as James Harden scored 30 or more points in his seventh straight game as he ended with 41 points, seven rebounds, along with six assists in the all important victory for the Rockets. It will be important to mention that Harden went only 5-16 from three-point range in the matchup. Nonetheless, Eric Gordon along with Clint Capella chipped in 17 and 16 points, respectively, as Capella also pulled down 23 rebounds and the much-needed victory.
Defensively, Paul George and Russell Westbrook had terrible shooting nights yet led the team with 28 along with 21 points as they combined to go 16 – 45 from the floor while Oklahoma City shot 43% as a team while going 9-30 from three-point range on the night. Houston’s the past few years have been to beat teams from an offensive standpoint; However, their offense has only put up an average of 105 points per game in the last three outings. On the other hand, they have been playing much better defense as they have allowed teams only an average of just 101 points during their last six games, overall. Nonetheless, they were able to neutralize a dangerous offensive attack for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last outing and will turn their attentions to yet another offensive-minded squad that has averaged 120 points in the last two outings.
How Boston Celtics & Houston Rockets Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Boston is 17 – 16 ATS while the OU is 20 – 13
Houston is 15 – 17 – 1 ATS while the OU is 18 – 15
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This matchup will certainly be interesting in that you will have two teams looking to continue their recent success while also allowing their defense to continue to spur them to success. It will be important to note that this matchup for Boston will be its first road game in a total of 3 as they will face the Memphis Grizzlies along with the San Antonio Spurs on this particular road trip. With that being said,Houston will play three of their next four games on the road as well after their matchup with Boston as they have gone only 1 – 3 in their last four road games, overall.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick;Houston Rockets+ 1.5
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Houston Rockets and the points in this contest as they continue to perform well at home, where they have won six straight while the defense continues to step up at a critical point in the season in which to provide assistance to their offense on a nightly basis. With that being the case, look for Houston to play much more carefree on the offensive end in knowing that they do not have to score on every possession in which to win ball games.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 216
My reason for the prediction :
One can certainly look for at the Houston Rockets to have a carry-over effect from their winning ways at Toyota Center recently, I also expect the Boston Celtics to come into this matchup very confident as they will look to begin a three-game road trip on a positive note beginning with the win over Houston. Also, Kyrie Irving is playing very well at this point in the season as he has scored 20 or more points in six of his last seven games, overall. In all, look for the total to surpass its set limit for this matchup on Thursday amongst two offensively dangerous teams.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- Over is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 games following a straight up win.
Over is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 6-0 in Celtics last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Betting trends for Houston Rockets:
- Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Rockets are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Rockets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.