According to NBA betting odd the Rockets are an 11.0 point home favorite and the posted total is 203.5. These two teams have seen 7 of the last 8 meetings in Houston go under the total. The home team has covered the last 4-games in this series.
The Boston Celtics have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride early in the season. They opened by losing their first 4 then proceeded to win the next 4, and now enter tonight on a 3-game losing streak. This isn’t really a big surprise considering the huge transition the team has had to endure entering this season. Gone are head coach Doc Rivers along with key veteran players Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The Celtics chose to go with first time NBA head coach Brad Stevens who had a very successful tenure at Butler University. The Bulldogs were an excellent defensive team under the guidance of Stevens. That defensive play has carried over somewhat to the NBA level. Boston is 9th in scoring defense allowing 97.7 points per game, and is 2nd in defensive three-point field goal percentage holding opponents to 30.2%. This will be the 2nd game of a 3-game road trip which will conclude tomorrow night in San Antonio.
All Offense and No Defense
One thing the Houston Rockets can’t be accused of in their first 11-games of the season is playing boring basketball. Houston is #2 in the NBA averaging 108.8 points per game. Conversely, they’re allowing 106.3 point per contest which ranks next to last in the league. The Rockets are winners of their last 2 and 3 of the last 4. The only loss in that sequence came in a 123-117 overtime defeat at Philadelphia.
NBA Super Angle
Before locking in your NBA picks, bettors should note that any road underdog of 10.0 or more, and comes off a loss by 15-points or more, versus an opponent that’s seen a combined 215-points or more scored in each of their last 2-games is 25-5 ATS (83.3%) since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season.
Free NBA Pick: Celtics +11.0 over the Rockets