Celtics vs. Rockets Betting Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions: Should Bettors Trust James Harden & Co. in Houston?


Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets.

  • The updated betting odds for the Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets matchup on Tuesday night makes Houston a short home favorite (spread: -2.5) with the over/under coming in at 232.5.
  • The spread has remained relatively stagnant throughout the day, but the total has slowly risen this evening.
  • Our NBA betting experts give detail how their betting Celtics-Rockets with betting trends and analysis below.

Celtics at Rockets Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions

  • Spread: Rockets -2.5
  • Over/Under: 230
  • Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TNT

Odds as of Tuesday and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

The Rockets have been among the worst teams to bet as a favorite this season (19-25 against the spread) and have covered in just 50% of their home games this season.

As they attempt to integrate their small-ball style, the Rockets welcome the Boston Celtics to the Toyota Center on Tuesday who happen to play well on the road. So should you take the Rockets as short home favorites?

Our crew breaks down the betting angles of this East vs. West national TV matchup.

Betting Trend to Know

In the Stevens era, the Celtics are 119-89-3 (57%) ATS as dogs. This includes 90-58-1 (61%) ATS as road underdogs. — John Ewing

Bryan Mears: Celtics Thrive on the Road

I grabbed this at Celtics +2, as I think it’ll move down throughout the day: 58% of the bets and 59% of the money is on the Celtics spread at the time of writing.

(We’ve already tracked one steam move on the Celtics at +2.5 and nothing yet on the Rockets, which suggests, for now, that’s the side the sharps like.)

My reasoning: The Celtics just seem to be continually undervalued in this spot.

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