The feisty Boston Celtics will look to continue their overachieving play while simultaneously slowing down the offensively-explosive Houston Rockets when they host their Western Conference counterparts in an intriguing matchup on Friday night. So, if you’re ready to bet NBA basketball online, then let’s get started.
Case in points, the Rockets have given up 107 points to Toronto and 104 points to lowly Philadelphia, but have managed to win both contests by putting up 113 and 118 points respectively. Houston has compiled an uninspiring 15-18 SU road mark and 16-17 road ATS record, but they’ve also won three of their last four games overall. The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning SU record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games.
Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting PickHouston Rockets vs Boston Celtics Game Info and Opening OddsWhen: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, March 11, 2016Where: TD Garden, Boston, MassachusettsTV: RTSW, CSNEOpening Odds: Boston -6
Why Bet the Houston RocketsThe Rockets (32-32 SU, 28-36 ATS) look like good wager in this contest for one main reason. They can score the ball with the best of them! I know Houston doesn’t play a lick of defense in ranking 27th in points allowed (106.9 ppg), but the fact of the matter is that Houston’s fifth-ranked offense (105.8 ppg) can often simply outscore opponents that are more offensively challenged.
Why Bet the Boston CelticsThe Celtics (39-26 SU, 36-28 ATS) are a great to bet on just about every night because they give a great effort for gifted head coach Brad Stevens every night. Boston bounced back from their humbling loss against Cleveland last weekend to lay a 116-96 smackdown on Memphis on Wednesday night while covering the spread as an 11.5-point home fave. The C’s were down by three at the half, but a simple speech from Stevens turned the tide in the second half.
“It wasn’t brain surgery. Just walked in and said, ‘they’re beating us to every loose ball and getting every rebound. This is the way they beat you tonight so we either have to change that or we won’t win,’ ” Stevens said. The Celtics have won six of their last seven games and are 23-10 SU at home and 19-13 home ATS at TD Garden. Boston has won a consistent 14 straight games on their home floor. Boston is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against their Western Conference counterparts.