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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets

January 13, 2024


The Houston Rockets will travel to Boston, Massachusetts to face the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Saturday evening with the game scheduled to start at 7:00 PM ET.



Houston has been an average team in the Western Conference this season as they enter this game with the 9th-best record in the conference at 19-18 and are coming off a 112-110 win on the road against the Detroit Pistons which also ended their two-game losing streak. The Rockets have been one of the best defensive teams in the league as they are allowing the 2nd fewest points per game with an average of 110.56 points allowed per game. 



However, Houston plays at a slower tempo than the average team in the league which also leads them to be one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NBA as they are averaging the 7th fewest points per game with an average of 112.67 points per game. The Houston Rockets will look to build off the momentum following the 112-110 win on the road against the Pistons when they travel to face the Boston Celtics.



The Boston Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference with a record of 29-9, however, they are coming off a blowout loss on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 102-135 on Thursday which was also their 2nd loss in their last three games. Boston has been one of the most complete teams in the NBA this season as they are one of the highest-scoring teams while also being one of the best defensive teams. 



The Celtics enter this game averaging 120.82 points per game which ranks 5th in the league while allowing the 6th fewest points per game with an average of 111.61 points allowed per game. Jayson Tatum is one of the best players in the NBA and leads the Celtics in scoring and rebounds with an average of 27.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.



BookMaker has the Boston Celtics listed as 14.5-point favorites at home against the Houston Rockets on Saturday evening. The teams are 5-5 in the last ten while Boston has won two of the previous three meetings. The Celtics are 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten and have covered the spread in two of the previous three games in the series. The Houston Rockets are 20-15-2 ATS overall, 6-9-1 ATS on the road, and 12-12-1 ATS as an underdog this season while the Boston Celtics are 18-18-2 ATS overall, 11-7 ATS at home, and 17-17-2 ATS as a favorite on the year.



Boston has the best record in the NBA while Houston has been an average team in the Western Conference. The Celtics have been the better teams most recently in the series, winning two of the last three meetings while going 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series and are 11-7 ATS at home while the Rockets are 6-9-1 ATS on the road. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Boston Celtics when they host the Houston Rockets on Saturday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: Boston Celtics -14