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2021 NBA Handicapping
(1-15) Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics (9-8)
Date: Monday, November 22nd
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Rockets | Celtics (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -11.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Monday, November 22nd, finds the Houston Rockets facing the Boston Celtics for the second time this season. In the initial match on October 24th, the Celtics won 107-97.
The Rockets last played Saturday losing to the Knicks marking their 15th loss of the season and keeping them as the only club with only a single victory.
Boston played a back-to-back set versus the Lakers and Thunder. The Celtics won both matches with Jayson Tatum having arguably his most efficient two performances of the season.
The Celtics hold the all-time record between the clubs with 93 wins in 148 meetings. Last season, the teams played twice with the Celtics taking both contests.
While the Rockets have just one win in 15 tries they made things interesting in New York on Saturday forcing them to battle for the win. Six Rockets scored in double-figures led by Christian Wood who registered a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Jalen Green (16), Eric Gordon (15), Jae’Sean Tate (11), Alperen Sengun (10), and Kenyon Martin Jr (10) were the other double-figure scorers.
Despite having only a single win. the Rockets boast five players averaging double-figure scoring including Christian Wood (16.1), Jalen Green (14.4), Eric Gordon (13.3), Kevin Porter Jr. (12.7), and Jae’Sean Tate (11.5),
The Rockets turnover the ball the most of any team (18.8). On the defensive end of the court, Houston allows opponents to grab the most steals (11.3) and blocks (6.2).
Kevin Porter Jr. (thigh) was out Saturday and questionable for Monday. John Wall remains out with the franchise and star agreeing to try to find a trade partner for him as they develop the young core.
If Jayson Tatum could find the same inspiration with every team that seems to spur him on when he plays the Lakers the Celtics would be laughing.
In the victory versus LA, he registered a double-double of 37 points on 13 of 26 with 4 of 9 from deep plus 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals, and a block. Against the Thunder he scored 33 points shooting 11 of 22 from the field and 6 of 12 from the perimeter.
While Boston often struggles to put up a ton of points they use balanced scoring with six Celtics averaging double-figure scoring plus Josh Richardson scored 9.1 points per game.
The group of six are Jaylen Brown (25.6), Jayson Tatum (25), Dennis Schroder (17.3), Al Horford (13.5), Marcus Smart (10.3), and Robert Williams (10).
One of the best Celtics traits is cutting off opponent passing lanes which is evidenced by their third-ranked opponent assist rate (21.3).
Head coach Ime Udoka said Jaylen Brown is close to a return as he works his way back from a hamstring injury he’s missed eight games and is listed as questionable for Monday as is Robert Williams (knee) whose missed the last three games.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Celtics are 6-3-1 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 3-6-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings.
- The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone under in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games.
- The Celtics are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games.
- The Celtics are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Although this could fall into the trap game category especially with the Rockets seeming to be desperate to end the bleeding it’s doubtful Boston succumbs to taking a team for granted.
That said, I think the Rockets keep things closer than 11.5 points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets +11.5
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