Rockets @ Celtics: Irving, Harden clash at TD Garden
Rockets @ Celtics NBA odds, spreads and predictions
The Boston Celtics stopped a skid, while the Houston Rockets are riding high.
Boston snapped a four-game losing streak after topping the Washington Wizards 107-96.
Kyrie Irving continued to make plays for the Celtics posting a double-double with 13 points and 12 assists. Al Horford scored a team-high 18 points, adding six rebounds and three assists.
Marcus Smart was nearly perfect knocking down six-of-seven field-goal attempts for 16 points. Marcus Morris put together a near double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Boston has lost six of the last 10 games, but have stayed afloat with stellar defense ranking 106.6 ppg which is third best in the NBA.
When is it? Sunday 3rd March
What time is tip off? 3:30 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? TD Garden
Which channel is it on? ABC
The Houston Rockets overcame a 21-point third-quarter deficit to pick up a fourth straight win taking down the Miami Heat 121-118.
James Harden built on his MVP case going off for 58 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds. Harden fell just three points shy of a career high shooting 16 for 32 from the field, including 8 of 18 from three-point range and a perfect 18 for 18 from the free-throw line.
Chris Paul and Gary Clark both contributed 14 points, while Austin Rivers added 17 points off the bench on seven-of-eight shooting.
Houston holds the fifth seed in the Western Conference with a record of 37-25, sitting only one and a half games behind the three seeded Oklahoma City Thunder.
Rockets @ Celtics Spread
Boston is giving Houston 3 points in this matchup.
This matchup will be headlined by Irving and Harden's scoring abilities.
Although Harden has shown that he can takeover and win single handedly, I expect the Celtics defense to find a way to contain him.
Boston should also be able to take advantage of a vulnerable Houston defense that allows 111.2 ppg.
Take the Celtics to cover.
Rockets @ Celtics Moneyline
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Rockets @ Celtics Over/Under
The over/under for this matchup is set at 226 points.
Final score prediction: Houston Rockets 116, Boston Celtics 120
Take the over in this game.
Where the game will be won or lost
When Houston and Boston squared off in late December both teams lit up the scoreboard as the Rockets took down the Celtics 127-113.
Both Harden and Irving lead their respective teams in scoring during that matchup, however this time around the game will be decided by which team can get the most production from complimentary players.
For Boston, guards Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier will have to contribute in relief for Irving and Smart. The Celtics will also need Horford to be better on the boards; over the last five games Horford is averaging 6.8 rpg.
Houston will need someone to take some offense off the shoulders of Harden. Look towards either PJ Tucker, Kenneth Faried, or Eric Gordon returning to the lineup and being a factor.