Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics - 3/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (44-19) at Houston Rockets (48-13)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -8.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics pay a visit to the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
The Boston Celtics have won nine of their past 13 games and they will be gunning for a fifth straight win after blowing past the Hornets in a 134-106 home win on Wednesday. Kyrie Irving led the team with 34 points, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris each scored 15 points while Greg Monroe chipped in with 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Celtics shot a sizzling 62 percent from the field and 12 of 20 from the three-point line as they poured in 67 points in the first half before outscoring the Hornets by 36-20 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. With the win, Boston improved to 44-19 overall and 23-11 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been on a tear lately as they will be aiming for a 15th straight after taking down the Clippers in a 105-92 road win on Wednesday. James Harden led the team with 25 points and seven assists while Clint Capela and Eric Gordon scored 22 points apiece. As a team, the Rockets shot 42 percent from the field and 13 of 43 from the three-point line as they stormed out of the gates to lead by 34-12 at the end of the first quarter before the Clippers slowed things down in the second half to keep the final score respectable. With the win, Houston improved to 48-13 overall and 24-7 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a win of more than 10 points, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 road games. Meanwhile, the Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings, the under is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Houston and the Celtics are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
You already know the Rockets had this game circled on their calendar because the last time they met the Celtics, they blew a 26-point lead in a 99-98 loss at Boston back on Dec 28. The Rockets are currently the hottest team in the league but the Celtics haven’t been too bad either. In this rematch, I like the Rockets to get their revenge but this just seems like too many free points for the Celtics in this one.