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2021 NBA Handicapping
(0-2) Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets (1-1)
Date: Sunday, October 24th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -222 | Rockets +206 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -6
NBA Betting Total: 225
Sunday, October 24th finds the Boston Celtics facing the Houston Rockets in their first of two meetings this season. Both teams enter to play their third match of the season.
Last season, the squads played twice with the Celtics taking both contests. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Rockets 92 of their 147 matches.
Through two matches the Celtics are winless albeit behind two very different efforts. In the loss to the Knicks, the Bean Town crew battled pushing the match to double-overtime and Jaylen Brown dropped a career-best 46 points.
Two nights later in their home opener, the team got booed off the court as the offensively challenged Raptors out hustled them and used tough-nosed defense to get the edge.
Versus the Knicks Tatum struggled shooting 7 of 30 from the field and 2 of 15 from deep but managed to produce a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Against the Raptors, the situation was reversed with Brown struggling (3 of 14) for nine points and Tatum finding a better rhythm (8 of 14) for 18 points.
Tatum was one of three Celtics to produce double-digits with Al Horford delivering a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Richardson offering 12 points off the bench.
Through two games the Rockets are even having been fortunate to face the OKC Thunder in their second match of the season. While most of the preseason talk was about rookie Jalen Green it’s been other Rockets who have impressed in the early going.
Christian Wood continues to rise up the ladder of stardom and reminded everyone with his 31 points, 14 rebound double-double.
Three Rockets delivered double-double efforts with Kevin Porter Jr. posting 18 points with 10 assists and Jae’Sean Tate registering 16 points and 14 rebounds.
With all the preseason hype around Green he’s drawing copious defensive attention from the opponents and through two games hasn’t found his shooting stroke yet.
Versus the Wolves, he shot 4 of 14 (1 of 6 from deep) for nine points, and against the Thunder, he shot 4 of 11 (1 of 5 from deep) also for nine points.
An obvious difference of this iteration of the Rockets is they aren’t looking like the 3-point sniper team of old. Through two matches the club is doing their biggest damage in the paint having registered 58 points in both contests.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Rockets are 6-4 in the last 10 head to head
- The Celtics are 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 3-6-1 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Celtics are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games.
- The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games.
- The total has gone over in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games.
- The total has gone over in 7 of Houston’s last 10 games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
This should be an easy victory for the Celtics who’ll be eager to erase the memory of the Friday night oust. Look for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to both have strong shooting performances.
The Rockets haven’t demonstrated any commitment to Stephen Silas’ schemes on the defensive side of the hardcourt so expect the Celtics to take full advantage of that fact.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics -6
Celtics finally get in the win column and deliver the game ball to Ime Udoka via a concerted effort on both sides of the floor.
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