Houston vs Boston NBA Betting Pick
On Friday, the Houston Rockets will be in New England to take on the Boston Celtics in NBA betting action. The Rockets (32-32) are in fourth place i the Southwest Division and just whipped the Philadelphia 76ers, 118-104, on Wednesday night. The Celtics (39-26) are in second place in the Atlantic Division and just routed the Memphis Grizzlies at home, 116-96, on Wednesday.
Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting Pick
When: Friday, March 11, 2016, 7:30 PM ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: RTSW, CSNE
Radio: Celtics Radio Network
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Rockets?
The Rockets have a way of living dangerously night after night, but they’ve been coming through in the clutch lately. They ended the Toronto Raptors’ 12-game home winning streak and then were able to fight off a game Sixers team that drew within two points in the fourth quarter. James Harden poured in 29 points, and Dwight Howard added 21 points and 18 boards. On a night when Harden was not shooting well (8 for 26), he picked up his game in other areas, grabbing nine boards and dishing out eight assists — and making all 13 of his free throw attempts. This versatility will be a must if Houston wants to contend.
Why should you put your money on Boston?
The Celtics have now put together a 14-game home winning streak. In their win over Memphis, they put the game into overdrive after halftime, as Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points in the third quarter alone, including nine during a 14-1 run that helped Boston pull away after Mario Chalmers had to leave the game for Memphis. The Celtics have a high-powered offense that regularly gets over 110 points. This normally plays into the Rockets’ hands, but the Celtics have had a more reliable defense than the Rockets have this season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Boston to make it 15 in a row at home, because I still don’t trust Houston’s defense down the stretch. I’m picking Boston to win, 117-112.