Rockets vs. Celtics Betting Odds Picks & Predictions: Will Houston Shine in Primetime Against Boston?


Tim Warner/Getty Images. Pictured: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket defended by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets.

  • The Rockets have been excellent in primetime games against top opponents this season. Will that continue vs. Boston?
  • Our experts are looking at the total and highlighting the unique challenge Houston's offense poses to the Celtics
  • See the full betting analysis below.

The Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets have two of the hottest scorers in the NBA going head-to-head in a Saturday primetime matchup.

Over their past five games, Jayson Tatum and James Harden are averaging 35.4 and 35.2 points, respectively, which puts them into the top three in the entire league over that span.

The Rockets will also enter TD Garden in Boston with a five-game winning streak that dates back to them embracing a small-ball lineup. Is Houston an underdog worth backing?

Our experts preview the angles of this matchup, including their picks below.

Rockets at Celtics Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions

  • Spread: Celtics -1.5
  • Over/Under: 232
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ABC

Odds as of Saturday afternoon and via PointsBet. Get up to $275 in free bets at PointsBet today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.

Wob’s Weekly Battle

Every week this NBA season, Wob is choosing a specific NBA battle to bet on. This week’s bet is about which game will feature the highest scorer: Celtics-Rockets or Lakers-Grizzlies.

You all chose to take the Celtics-Rockets side of the prop, and PointsBet has boosted the odds up even more on the Simmons side from -370 to -345.

Click here to bet on Wob’s battle at boosted odds!

Betting Trend to Know

The Rockets seem to thrive in games that pit them against the best teams in the Eastern conference.

Over the past two seasons, the Rockets are 12-4 against the spread when facing East teams with a win percentage at or above .600. This season, they are 5-1 ATS in that spot, which is easily the best record among Western conference teams.

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