Houston Rockets (10-23) vs. Boston Celtics (24-10)
December 27, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Boston Celtics -14.5; Over/Under: +233
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The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics meet Tuesday in NBA action at the TD Garden. The Houston Rockets have lost 5 of their last 6 games. The Boston Celtics have lost 5 of their last 8 games.
The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 115.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Jalen Green is averaging 21.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, while Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 18.7 points and 5.4 rebounds. Alperen Sengun is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Smith Jr. is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics are averaging 118.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 112.4 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 30.9 points and 8.1 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 26.6 points and 3.5 assists. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.7 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.
The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Rockets last 7 road games. The over is 12-3 in Celtics last 15 home games. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Boston and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Boston Celtics are going to be favored as they’re the better team at home with the rest advantage. The Houston Rockets can throw in stinkers from time to time. However, this is a lot of points for a Celtics squad that’s been shaky over the last week. Also, the Celtics only win by an average of 5.7 points in the favorite role. It feels like we’re stealing a few extra buckets. Give me the Rockets and the points.