The NBA is set up with a solid night of action on Tuesday night. Five games are up on the board throughout February 11. One of these matchups will be between the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets. These two teams are both playing well so far this season, which should lead to an exciting matchup on Tuesday night. This game will tip off at around 9:30 PM Eastern time on TNT.
Boston has opened up this season with a record of 37-15, which has them sitting in third place of the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are a game and a half behind the Toronto Raptors and eight games behind the conference leading Milwaukee Bucks. Boston has won seven games in a row and will look to keep that streak alive with a win on the road against Houston on Tuesday night.
The Rockets have earned a record of 33-20 throughout this season. Houston is currently sitting in fifth place of the Western Conference. The Rockets are a game and a half behind the Utah Jazz, while the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks are a game behind them. Houston has lost their last two games and will look to bounce back with a big win in this one.
These two teams have opened up the season with records that have them in playoff spots to this point int the season. Boston and Houston are both still looking to climb up higher in the standings before the season ends, which makes competitive games like this one really important. I expect both teams to try and come out fast to control the pace of play early.
The Celtics and the Rockets met up two times last season. Houston hosted the first game of the season series. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and 11 assists for the Celtics, but it was not enough. James Harden put up 45 points. Clint Capela earned 24 points and 19 rebounds to help secure the win for the Rockets. Houston finished with a 127-113 point win at home.
The second game of the season series shifted to Boston on March 3. Kyrie Irving finished with another solid night, dropping 24 points and 9 rebounds, but it once again would not be nearly enough. James Harden earned 42 points for the Rockets, while Eric Gordan added another 32 points. Houston pulled off the season series sweep with a 115-104 win at home.
The Rockets have been able to win three games in a row against the Celtics. Houston was able to sweep the season series against Boston last season, despite both being eventual playoff teams. The two games were within reach for the Celtics, which makes me believe that this game will be another exciting one. Both teams could use a big win on Tuesday night, which should lead to another competitive game between these two teams.
Field Goal Percentage
Boston has been a little bit ahead of the league average when it comes to field goal shooting this season. The Celtics have made 46.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is twelfth in the league. Boston has made 36.3 percent of their shots from deep this season, while shooting 52.5 percent from inside the arc, both of which are solid.
The Rockets have not been quite as good at shooting this season. Houston has been able to make 45.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is not great. The Rockets have also made 34.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc this season. Houston also has a shooting percentage of 54.8 percent from inside the arc, which is third best in the NBA.
The Celtics have been the better team when it comes to shooting from the field overall this season, but Houston has not been as bad as the numbers imply. The Rockets shoot and make the most threes of any team in the NBA this season. If Houston can get hot from behind the arc in this matchup, I think that they will have a good chance to put up a strong offensive showing against Boston on Tuesday night.
Jayson Tatum has earned a strong start to the season. Tatum has averaged 22 points and 7 rebounds per game this season. Kemba Walker is averaging 22 points per game in his first season with the Celtics. Jaylen Brown has averaged around 20 points per game, while Gordan Hayward is averaging 17 points per game. Marcus Smart has helped round out the lineup averaging 12 points per game.
The Rockets have seen another strong season from James Harden. Harden is averaging 35 points and 7.5 assists per game throughout the season. Russell Westbrook has averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in his first season with Houston. Robert Covington has averaged 12.5 points per game since coming over the Rockets in a trade. Danuel House and Ben McLemore are both averaging 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have had their leaders in the lineup throughout this season. Tatum, Walker, and Brown have combined to make a solid trio in the Celtics lineup, which has helped propel them to their solid record. Houston could be missing Eric Gordan again for this one, but if Covington can continue to fill into his role, he could have a big night for the Rockets in this one.
These two teams will meet up for the first time on Tuesday night. The Celtics are on a nice seven-game winning streak coming into this one, but I think Houston has a good chance to end it in this one. The Rockets are at home in this game and have a strong three point game, which could give them a big edge. Houston made some moves at the deadline and they will continue to build upon that chemistry in this game.
BetOnline has the Rockets listed as a -2.5 against the spread in this game. This gives a slight edge to Houston on Tuesday night. I believe that the Rockets have a good chance to earn a win in this game, which makes them an intriguing pick. If Houston leads by only a couple late, free throws could push them over the edge to cover the spread against Boston.