Two squads from opposing conferences sitting within the playoff places are clashing, when the Houston Rockets (18-15), who are red-hot having lost only once in their last eight games, are hosting the Boston Celtics (20-13), who also want to extend a small winning streak of their own.
Date/Time: 12-27-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets +3
Houston Rockets have an 18-15 record (15-17-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Spurs in the 7th place of the West. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won at home against the Thunder with a 113-109 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 32.3 ppg, adding 5.7 boards and a team high 8.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 17.1 ppg and a team high 12.5 boards per game.
Boston Celtics have a 20-13 record (17-16 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Sixers with a 121-114 score in overtime, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.3 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and a team high 6.3 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 17 ppg and a team high 6.5 boards per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Rockets by three points and Celtics by one). Rockets have a 11-5 home record, while the Celtics are 9-8 on the road. Celtics are better both offensively, scoring 111.6 ppg to Rockets’ 109.3 and defensively, allowing 105 ppg to Rockets’ 108.5. They also have better percentages both in field goals (45.1% to 44.7%) and in 3-pointers (36% to 34.4%). Celtics are better in boards grabbed (46.1 to 41.7), in dimes made (25.1 to 21.3) and in turnovers committed (12.8 to 13.8). Rockets have been playing much better lately and while Vegas odds give the Celtics a -3 spread, don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick Rockets in this one.
Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets +3 (-111)
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