The red-hot Boston Celtics hit the road to Houston on Tuesday night for a showdown with the Rockets. If both teams come to play, it could be a battle of epic proportions.
Boston is on the hunt for its eighth straight win, coming in 9-1 in its last 10 games. The Celtics’ last loss came at the hands of the Pelicans on Jan. 26.
Houston hasn’t fared quite as well over its last 10 games, coming in 6-4. The Rockets’ 33-20 record puts them 7.5 games behind the West-leading Lakers, but only four games behind the Clippers for third. They currently hold the fifth spot in the Western Conference.
Boston’s 37-15 record puts them in the third spot in the Eastern Conference, 8.5 games behind the Bucks. Here’s a betting preview for this matchup between two of the top teams in the NBA.
It’s Still Title Town
Boston winning nine out of its last 10 should come as a surprise to approximately zero percent of avid NBA fans. The Celtics were always going to go on a run like this. They have the talent, they have the coach in Brad Stephens, and they are from a city that collects jewelry. The opposition needs to watch themselves coming out of the All-Star break.
The Celtics are finally healthy enough to do some damage, and aside from Robert Williams, head into the matchup with a clean injury report. This is where most previews say led by *insert players name, but with this squad, it’s maximum team effort.
The Celtics are really led by the entire starting lineup. You could point out Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, or Kemba Walker, among others, as the leader.
Too Many Chefs?
It’s not that the combination of James Harden and Russell Westbrook isn’t working; it’s just not working to the expectations of many fans. Nonetheless, the combo of the two averages over 62 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists per game. They also have a combined 3.2 steals per game.
Houston has five players that average at least one steal per game. That’s a tough feat in today’s NBA.
The recent acquisition of Robert Covington has done nothing but help the team. Houston now has several sharp-shooters to target beyond the arc. Covington is shooting 37.5 percent from three this season.
Off We Go
Tuesday night should bring a battle you won’t want to miss. When it comes to covering the spread, Boston is the second-most efficient team in the NBA. The Celtics are 31-19-2 against the spread this season. On the road, they’re 15-9-1.
Houston is in the bottom half of the league against the spread. The Rockets come in 25-28. They are an even .500 at home, 13-13 against the spread. Stay tuned to see which number moves on Tuesday. The Rockets are favored by 2.5 points in this showdown, with an over/under of 231.