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Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics - 12/27/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (20-13) at Houston Rockets (18-15)
Date & Time Thursday December 27, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Houston Rockets +1.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5
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The Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Boston Celtics look for a statement road victory after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 111.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 44 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.3 points and 6.3 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 17 points and 6.5 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won five of their last seven road games.

The Houston Rockets look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 32.3 points and 8.4 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 17.1 points and 12.5 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Rivers is grabbing two rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won each of their last seven home games.

The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Rockets are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the underdog is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 7-3 in Rockets last 10 home games. The over is 6-1 in Celtics last 7 overall.

The Boston Celtics are finding ways to win games, but it hasn't exactly been pretty, and they're shooting just 43.1 percent from the field in their last five games. The Celtics are often Kyrie or bust, and it showed more than ever in their overtime Christmas win over the 76ers. The Houston Rockets may be still without CP3, but they're currently playing their best stretch of the season and are getting solid production from other guys not named Harden. While the shooting percentage it rough, the Rockets are making almost 18 threes per game in their last five contests, which is their recipe for victories. The Rockets have won outright three of their last five games as an underdog. I'll back Houston yet again.

Houston Rockets +1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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