Rockets vs. Celtics Prediction
Which streaking team will continue their momentum tonight when the Boston Celtics host the Houston Rockets at 8:30PM ET?
557 Houston Rockets vs. 558 Boston Celtics
Saturday, February 29, 2020
8:30PM ET – TD Garden
TV – ABC
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the Celtics are the slim favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Rockets. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 230.5 points. The public betting currently has 80 percent of the wagers going on the Celtics at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Rockets win fifth straight
Houston is coming off an impressive 140-112 win at home over Memphis on Wednesday for a fifth straight victory. The Rockets have covered in four of the five wins. Houston is 38-20 on the season, 17-12 on the road, 29-29 against the spread and 32-26 with the under.
The Rockets are putting up 118.9 points per game on offense this season, which ranks second in the league. The team shoots 45.6 percent from the field. Defensively, Houston is giving up 114.1 points per game this season while opponents shoot 46.1 percent against them. Houston is led by James Harden, who is averaging 35.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. Russell Westbrook is adding 27.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists per contest.
Celtics return home
Boston returned home from a four-game road trip where it went 3-1 while covering the spread in all four games. The Celtics are coming off a 114-103 win at Utah. Boston is now 41-17 on the season, 23-5 at home, 36-20-2 against the spread and 31-27 with the under.
The Celtics are a solid defensive team, allowing just 106.5 points per game while holding opponents to 44.1 percent shooting. Offensively, Boston is up to 113.4 points per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. The Celtics have been without Kemba Walker recently. While he is approaching closer to a return, he is still out tonight with a knee injury. Walker averages 21.8 points per game this year. Jayson Tatum is leading the team with 23.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Jaylen Brown is adding 20.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Rockets are 11-3 against the spread in their last 14 games playing on two days of rest and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Celtics are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as a favorite.
These two met just before the break, with Houston getting a 116-105 win at home over Boston. The Rockets have actually covered in three straight against the Celtics. The Rockets have had this going small strategy work out pretty well. They have won five straight, starting with the win over the Celtics. However, they haven’t played many road games with it and they are facing a red-hot Boston team. The Celtics have covered in five straight since the loss at Houston, including games with the Clippers, Lakers and Jazz. I think the momentum continues at home against Houston. Tatum is playing the best of his career and I like him to shine on national TV tonight.
NBA Prediction: Boston Celtics -1.5