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2021 NBA Handicapping
(19-18) Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets (11-25)
Date: Sunday, March 14th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -524, Rockets +460
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -10.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 224
On Sunday, March 14th the Boston Celtics travel to Texas to play the Houston Rockets in their first meeting of the 2020-21 season
Last season, the squads played twice with the Rockets taking both games and hold a current five-game win streak versus the Bulls. The Celtics hold the all-time record having won 90 matches of the 145 played
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown returned from their All-Star Game experience looking to build upon the Celtics’ momentum as they finished the first half on a four-game win streak.
Boston’s good fortune ended with the Nets scheduled for the first game back. The Celtics weren’t able to counter the Nets offensive juggernaut despite neither Kevin Durant or Blake Griffin playing.
Marcus Smart made his long-awaited return after missing 19 games due to a strained calf. He made an immediate impact scoring 19 points hitting three triples and got to the line nine times making all but one free throw.
Smart also chipped in two rebounds, two assists, and a block but was limited to 21 minutes as the team eases him back.
Tatum led the way with 31 points, five rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Daniel Theis (17), Brown (13), and Kemba Walker (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
Romeo Langford (health and safety protocols) is the only Celtics player out.
The Rockets ‘tankathon’ is in full motion as the dominoes continue to fall, punctuated by a 15-game losing streak which coincidentally is the same number of games Christian Wood has missed.
Wood suffered a grade-2 ankle sprain that typically requires two to four weeks recovery, but he’s approaching six weeks (tip of the tank hat).
The brief uptick experienced after the Harden trade is far in the rearview mirror. Once Victor Oladipo turned down a two-year max deal that seemed to be the final straw.
Even PJ Tucker (a pro’s pro) is over it as he returned to Houston to await a trade. GM Rafael Stone is trying to pull a Sam Presti deal and get big returns. The significant difference is the Thunder players were superstars with years on their contracts whereas Dipo and Tucker will be free agents.
The belief is the Rockets could be prepared for a fire sale with virtually everyone except Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. available for the right price. John Wall won’t be going anywhere but that’s because of his albatross contract.
Suffice to say opposing teams have the leverage because Stone can’t afford to let both players walk with no return
Stephen Silas faces lineup challenges with copious players out. David Nwaba (wrist) is the only one of eight players who might be available Sunday.
The others are Wood (ankle), Wall (knee), Tucker (not with team), Eric Gordon (groin), Danuel House (knee), Rodions Kurucs (oblique), and Dante Exum (calf).
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Rockets are 7-3 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Celtics are 5-4-1 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 2-7-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets NBA Prediction
With Houston missing so many of their core contributors this match could be over before the half.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics ATS
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