NBA Weekend Previews
The Rockets are at home and have won four straight, but they host a Celtics’ squad that has won two straight and is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite of 0.5-4.5.
Boston Celtics (43-24) at Houston Rockets (35-21)
has the Celtics as 1.5 point favorites in this game with a total of 203.
In a non-conference match up tonight in the Lone State the Houston Rockets host the Boston Celtics. The Celtics will likely get the third or fourth seed in the East in the playoffs while the Rockets are on the outside looking in and are in desperation mode.
The Rockets have won four in a row and they need to keep winning, as they are in the ninth position in the West 4.5 games back of Portland.
This season the Rockets are 20-14 at home and 31-35 ATS and the Celtics are 22-12 on the road and 26-39-2 ATS.
Both teams played on Wednesday night, as the Celtics beat the New York Knicks 109-97 and the Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 107-94.
The Celtics have really been spreading the wealth lately, as they have 62 assists in their last two games.
The Celtics have one of the best defensive teams in the league ranking second in the league on opponents’ points allowed (94.3 ppg). Their D will really have to key on PG Aaron Brooks (20.1 ppg), who was 7/7 from 3-point land in Houston’s last game, and PF Luis Scola (15.7 ppg), who is averaging 25.8 ppg on 57.3% shooting in his last six games.
The Rockets have not had a lot of success against teams in the Eastern Conference going 10-13 this season.
Boston may be happy to be on the road, as they have a better road record than home record this season.
Houston only ranks 20th in the league in opponents’ points allowed and they have to play solid defense tonight, especially on the perimeter. They can’t allow Paul Pierce (17.7 ppg) or Ray Allen (16.1 ppg) to have big scoring games.
Saturday NBA Point Spreads
Charlotte Bobcats at Chicago Bulls
The Bobcats are currently in the sixth spot in the East and they would like to keep it that was so they do not have to play Cleveland or Orlando in the first round of the playoffs. The Bulls are in a freefall, as they have lost nine straight and are now 2.5 games back of eighth place Toronto in the East.
Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks
Both teams are playing well, but the Mavs are on fire, as they are 9-1 in their last 10 games and they only trail the first place L.A. Lakers in the West by four games. Boston will be in a fight with the Atlanta Hawks for the last month of the season for the third spot in the East, as they are currently tied in the conference.
Sunday Big Games
San Antonio Spurs at Atlanta Hawks
Both teams are playing well and even game is important to each for playoff positioning. It may be more important to the Spurs, who are only ½ game ahead of Portland in the West for the last playoff spot.
Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns
It looks as if both of these teams will make the playoffs, but Portland is in the eighth spot and want to move up so they do not have to face the L.A. Lakers in the first round. Phoenix is in the eighth spot in the West, but they only trail second place Denver by 4.5 games. They want to move up so they can host an opening round playoff series.