Free NBA Pick: Celtics vs Rockets Lines
Looking for Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Celtics taking on the Rockets on Monday December 5, 2016 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(12-8) Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets (13-7)
Date: Monday December 5
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Houston -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 217
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An East vs West showdown the Celtics travel to Houston to take on the Rockets.
Both teams are coming off back to back wins and are playing some of the best basketball of the early season.
Last year the teams split their meetings, with both teams winning a game at home.
The Celtics have finally seemed to get all of their players healthy, and the results have shown on the court. Al Hortford has come back from his concussion, and maternity leave and the Celtics have won both of their last two games.
They beat the Kings and 76ers in back to back days, and Hortford was key in both of those games.
Isiah Thomas leads the Celtics early in this season.
Thomas is averaging 26.3 points, 6.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds. He seems to be playing with the same chip on his shoulder he has in his career after he was taken with the last pick in the NBA draft.
On the offensive end Boston averages 104.7 points per game. They shoot 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the arc.
On the defensive end the Celtics give up 103.6 points per game. They allow 44.3 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the arc.
The Celtics have struggled rebounding the ball. Avery Bradley leads the team in rebounding.
When your shooting guard is leading the team in rebounding that’s usually not a good thing.
The Rockets might be the biggest surprise in the NBA so far this season.
When Mike D’Antoni was hired this off season there was a lot of Rockets fans who were unhappy with the decision. He has seemed to be able to quiet all the critics early in the season. The Rockets are averaging 111.3 points per game on the offensive end.
The Rockets will get up and down the court and try to out run any team they play.
James Harden is the leader of this Rockets team. He is averaging 28.3 points, 11.8 assists, and 7.6 rebounds. He shoots 10.4 free throws a night, so a lot of his offense is coming off the drive.
As you would expect with a team that gets up and down up the court, the Rockets give up a lot of points. They give up 107.5 points per game and a lot of those are coming in transition.
At the Toyota Center this year the Rockets are 4-2.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Over is 7-2 in HOU last 9 Mon. games.
- Under is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.
- Under is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings in Houston.
- Under is 6-2 in BOS last 8 road games.
- BOS are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 Mon. games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
For some reason when these two teams meet up they usually score less then projected.
The Under is 8-0 in the last 8 games in the series.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: UNDER
I think the Rockets will win the game but more defense will be played by the two teams then usually is.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 106 – Celtics 103
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