Check out our free Rockets vs Celtics pick and preview for this NBA game in Boston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Rockets vs Celtics NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Houston Rockets at Boston Celtics
- Where: Boston at TD Garden
- Date: Tuesday, December 27th
- Betting Odds BOS -14.5, HOU +750 | BOS -1258 O/U 231.5
The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 10-23. So far, the team has gone 15-16-2 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
Houston is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Bulls. With the 133-118 victory, they also covered the spread as 7 point underdogs. Although Houston trailed the Bulls going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. In the win, Kevin Porter Jr. led the team in scoring with 36 points on a field goal percentage of 63.6%.
The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-10. So far, the team has gone 19-14-1 against the spread. The Celtics entered today’s game having picked up 2 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 16.5 points per game.
The Celtics will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Bucks by a score of 139-118. Heading into the game, they were 5 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Although Boston held just a 1 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 21 point victory. In the win, Jayson Tatum led the team in scoring with 41 points on a field goal percentage of 63.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In their 2 wins over the Rockets, the Celtics won by scores of 107-97 and 97-90. Last year, the Rockets saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Celtics, averaging 93.5 points per game. While the Rockets struggled on offense in the series, the Celtics maintained their usual level of scoring at 107.5 vs Houston. The Celtics have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-0-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 14 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 1-4, with the teams combining for an average of 216 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Houston offense is ranked 28th in the NBA in scoring at 110.2 points per game. So far, the Rockets are averaging 99.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Rockets offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 28th in effective field goal percentage.
Defensively, Houston has had its problems giving up an average of 118.2 points per game (30th).
This season, the Rockets offense has primarily worked through Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 33 games, Green is 39th in the NBA at 21.4 points per game. So far, him and Porter Jr. have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 40.599999999999994 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Kevin Porter Jr. is grabbing 5.5 rebounds for Houston to go along with 5.6 assists.
Boston will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 118.7 points per game (1st). The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.9 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 18.6 made free-throws per game.
Defensively, the Celtics are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 104.48 points per contest (1st).
This season, the Celtics offense has primarily worked through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 32 games, Tatum is 5th in the NBA at 30.9 points per game. So far, him and Brown have accounted for 47% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 57.5 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaylen Brown is grabbing 7.4 rebounds for Boston to go along with 3.5 assists.
Rockets vs Celtics Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Celtics -14.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 231.5