Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Celtics vs Rockets Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Boston Celtics taking on the Houston Rockets Monday November 16 at the Toyota Center Houston, TX. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Boston Celtics (5-4) vs. Houston Rockets (4-6)
Date: Monday November 16
Time: 8 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center Houston, TX
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 207.5
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The Rockets have lost 3 in a row and they are now 2 games under .500 on the season. Not only have they lost 3 in a row, but 2 of those losses were at home. Tonight they are at home facing a Boston team that has won 2 in a row.
The Celtics have beaten the solid teams of Atlanta and Oklahoma City in their last 2 games.
This season the Rockets are 2-4 at home and the Celtics are 2-1 on the road.
In their last games the Celtics beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-85 and the Rockets lost to the Dallas Mavericks 110-98.
The Rockets have won 8 of their last 10 games facing the Celtics including beatin them 4 straight at home.
The Celtics are led by their backcourt and the 2 leading scorers are guards Isaiah Thomas, who has 43 points in the last 2 games, and Marcus Smart, who is coming off scoring a career high 26 in the win over the Thunder.
The Celtics have a good offense ranking 14th in the league in scoring, but they are winning because of their defense, which ranks 5th in the league in opponents points allowed.
The Celtics do not have a great frontcourt and for them to win the guards need to score and shoot the rock well.
Houston’s defense has been terrible this season, as they rank 28th in the league in opponents’ points allowed.
Dwight Howard missed the last game for the Rockets, but he will play tonight. Houston is a much better defensive team with him on the court and with him out the Rockets have lost 2 of 3 games this season and are giving up over 57 ppg in the paint.
He has to score, hit the boards, and be a rim protector tonight when the Celtics’ guards get in the lane.
In their loss to the Mavs the Rockets only shot 38.1% from the floor.
James Harden ranks 2nd in the league in scoring, but in the loss to the Mavs he did have 25 points, but was 5/21 from the field.
While the Celtics are led by their backcourt the Rockets are led by their frontcourt.
They have 5 players averaging in double figures with Harden being the only guard. The Celtics do not need a lot of scoring from their frontcourt, but they have to play solid D in the paint.
The Rockets rank 16th in the league in scoring, but they have failed to score over 99 points in their last 3 games.
NBA Betting Trends:
- BOS is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- BOS is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- BOS has an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.
- HOU is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- HOU is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Free NBA Prediction:
The Rockets are struggling, but with Howard back they will win tonight, but Boston will keep it close and cover the spread.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics ATS
I like the Celtics, but the Rockets will not lose 4 in a row and they will get the W tonight in their house.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 100 Celtics 98
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