Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game. The Houston Rockets will look to end a 14 game losing record as they travel to Boston to take on the Celtics. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
With their latest 106-99 loss to the Knicks over the weekend, the Houston Rockets have now dropped 14 games in a row and 10 straight on the road. Nothing seems to be going right for this team at the moment, they are struggling to score the ball as they’ve failed to crack the 100-point mark in 4 of their last 5 outings. The only bright spot for them this season has been the play of Christian Wood who leads them with 16.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. They could get a boost for tonight’s game as their leading assist man Kevin Porter Jr. could make a comeback after missing the last two games with a thigh issue. From the betting point of view Houston hasn’t been all that bad this season, especially on the road where they’ve covered the spread in half of their games played.
Speaking of covering the spread, the Celtics have done so in 7 of their last 10 games. They are also on a run of 5 wins in 7 games and their leading scorer Jayson Tatum is on a roll with 3 straight 30+ point performances against the Hawks, Lakers and Thunder. A sign of relief for Boston fans has been his shooting, in each of those 3 games he shot 50% or better from the field which is a huge improvement from his season average of 40% so far. Boston is still without their 2nd best player Jaylen Brown, but his status has been updated to ‘probable’ as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Dennis Schroder has been listed as probable as well with an ankle issue, he had a really solid game against the Lakers the other night.
Despite all the losing, the Rockets were able to keep their last two losses at a somewhat respectable margin. They lost by 7 at New York and by 12 at Oklahoma City. Boston is a 12.5 point favorite tonight, I’m not so sure they’ll just run over this Houston team which has covered the spread in 5 of 10 road games this season. I’ll side with the Rockets here to keep this one close.
Boston Celtics – Houston Rockets Odds
Boston Celtics – Houston Rockets Predictions
Houston +12.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
The total for tonight’s game has been set to 210.5 points, which is almost 13 points less than what these two teams have averaged between them in the last 10 meetings. Boston has scored 113 points per game over that stretch and the Rockets are at 110.5 per game. However, those Houston teams had James Harden, this one does not. What they do have is major issues when it comes to scoring and as a result 4 of their 10 road games have gone under the total. The first meeting between these two played in Houston ended 107-97 in favor of the Celtics, which was 18 points under the total at the time. Boston plays the 5th slowest pace in the NBA this season and averages 98.8 possessions per contest, I think them playing at home they will be the ones to dictate the tempo here. Houston simply won’t score enough to push the total over, so let’s back the under here.
Under 210.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365