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Rockets face Celtics: NBA odds preview

Houston RocketsBoston Celtics
Jan 11, 7:30 PM | TD Garden

Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics Odds

21-15TEAM RECORD18-17

The Celtics will try to cover the spread at TD Garden on Friday when they get a visit from the Rockets in basketball action.

The Rockets will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 21-14-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Celtics are 13-19-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Houston is 21-15 on the totals; Boston is 17-17-1.

View Houston vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
For bettors going with the Celtics in this one, they were listed earlier as 2.5-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 200.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Celtics - Rockets odds would favor the Rockets if the lines were set according to power ranks. Boston is rated No. 20 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Rockets sit at No. 12. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 103-99 win for the Rockets.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Rockets rank No. 10 in the league with 43.2 per game. That compares with Boston’s No. 30 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Boston is the NBA’s No. 28-ranked team at 5.4 per game, while the Rockets rate No. 2 with 9.9 per contest.

Defensively, the Rockets feature the league's No. 26-rated defense on the road, giving up 103.8 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 20 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Houston, they were an 88-79 loser as they battled the Hornets on the road. The Rockets failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 167 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rockets wasted a 25-point performance from James Harden as New Orleans ran past them 88-79 on Wednesday at New Orleans Arena.

In their last action, Boston was an 87-79 winner at home against the Suns. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (166) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Celtics grabbed an 87-79 win over the Suns on Wednesday, behind a 14-point effort from Jeff Green at TD Garden.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing New Orleans are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Charlotte are 9-1
After playing Phoenix are 9-1
After a win are 4-6

A few Rockets at Celtics trends to consider:
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Philadelphia, Saturday, January 12
Boston home to Charlotte, Monday, January 14