Rockets vs. Celtics Prediction
The featured game on Sunday’s NBA slate features the Boston Celtics playing host to the Houston Rockets today at 3:30PM ET. Which team has the edge?
575 Houston Rockets vs. 576 Boston Celtics
Sunday, March 3, 2019
3:30PM ET – TD Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Celtics are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Rockets. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 225.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 51 percent going on the Rockets on the road. 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 on a win streak
Houston is coming off a 121-118 win at home over Miami for a fourth straight win. The Rockets are just 1-2-1 against the spread during this win streak. Houston is 37-25 overall, 15-16 on the road, 27-33-2 against the spread and 34-27-1 with the over.
The Rockets are putting up 113.4 points per game on offense while shooting just 44.7 percent from the field. Defensively, Houston is giving up 111.2 points per game while opponents shoot 47.6 percent against them. Iman Sumpert is doubtful to play today due to a calf injury while Gerald Green is questionable with an illness. James Harden is leading the team with 36.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. Clint Capela is adding 17.0 points and 12.6 rebounds per contest.
Celtics end skid
Boston is coming off a 107-96 win at home over Washington on Friday to snap a four-game losing streak. The Celtics also ended a three-game failed cover streak. Boston is 38-25 on the season, 24-9 at home, 32-31 against the spread and 35-28 with the over.
The Celtics are strong on defense, allowing just 106.6 points per game while keeping opponents to 44.4 percent shooting. Offensively, Boston is putting up 112.1 points per game while shooting 46.2 percent as a team. Kyrie Irving is leading the team with 23.4 points and 6.9 assists per game. Jayson Tatum is adding 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Rockets are 3-12-1 against the spread in their last 16 games following a win and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 road games.
The Celtics are 1-5 against the spread in their last six against Western Conference opponents, but 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win.
The home team has won five straight in this series and the Celtics have covered in four of their last five meetings. However, the Rockets are on a four-game win streak now that they are healthy. While they haven’t been covering, they have been doing enough to win. I think that will still hold true as a slight underdog today. Boston has been shaky for weeks. They have lost to Portland, Toronto and Milwaukee over recent weeks in games against top opponents. The Rockets have a great three-headed monster that is back to being healthy and I expect Houston to really turn the corner over the final stretch of the season.
NBA Prediction: Houston Rockets +2.5