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Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets - 12/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (25-7) at Boston Celtics (28-10)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics meet Thursday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Houston Rockets could use a bounce back victory to snap a three-game losing streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 115.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 32.4 points and 9.2 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.5 points and 2.1 assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won 10 of their last 12 road games.

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Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets - 12/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics look for another victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 98.5 points on 44 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.7 points and 4.9 assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last six home games.

The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Boston, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The The Houston Rockets are still a banged up basketball team and have lost three in a row. The Boston Celtics may be on the end of a back to back, but they're somewhat healthy, have the defense to give the Rockets some fits, and they seem to take their game to another level when they respect the team they're playing. With Capela out and CP3 questionable / doubtful, I don't like the Rockets as much. I'll take the Celtics and the free bucket on their home court.

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