Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets - 2/29/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Houston Rockets (38-20) at Boston Celtics (41-17)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 8:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -1.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics meet Saturday in NBA action at the TD Garden.
The Houston Rockets look for a statement win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 118.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 114.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 35.3 points and 7.4 assists while Russell Westbrook is averaging 27.2 points and 7.2 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing seven rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won five of their last eight road games.
The Boston Celtics look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 113.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 22.9 points and seven rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 21.8 points and five assists. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics haven’t lost a home game since January 18.
The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 road games. The over is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 overall. The under is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Boston and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.
The Houston Rockets beat the Celtics by 11 points earlier this month, and now they're playing even better since they've gone to a complete small ball lineup. The Rockets are winning their last five games by an average of 18 points while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from deep. Just insane offensive numbers. Yes, the Boston Celtics look good in their own right and haven't lost at home in over a month, but this is simply a case of getting a free bucket with a team that's found itself and playing great ball. I'll take my chances with the road dog.