Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Oct 24, 2021

Building off a breakout season last year, Christian Wood has led Houston in scoring in each of their first two games this season.

October 24, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
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The Boston Celtics are off to a slow start and will be looking for their first win of the season when they travel to Houston to face the Rockets Sunday night.

The Celtics are 5.5-point favourites to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 223.

Celtics vs. Rockets NBA Betting Odds

Boston easily got the best of the Rockets last season, winning both meetings by double-digit margins.  That success has led to 91 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors taking Boston in this matchup, with 54 per cent of action taking the Under.  Banking on a low scoring game makes sense, given four of the last five games between these teams have fallen below the number.

The Celtics have carried a mediocre end to last year into the early part of this season.  With their 0-2 start, Boston is now 1-6 straight up in their last seven games overall and 0-5 straight up in their last five on the road.  They have failed to cover in either game this season and sit at 1-6 against the spread in their last seven.  The Celtics have split the Over/Under for the year and have hit the Over in four of their last six contests against Western Conference opponents.

Houston come in at 1-1 on the season and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games against Boston.  The total has gone Under in both games this year, although the Rockets have actually hit the Over in seven of their last 10 dating back to last season.  They’re 1-1 ATS this year, but just 1-9 ATS in their last 10 October games.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics kicked off their season with a thriller at Madison Square Garden, falling to the Knicks 138-134 in double overtime in new head coach Ime Udoka’s regular season debut.  Jaylen Brown had a monster performance, going off for a career-high 46 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists.  Brown clearly didn’t look affected after spending the previous 10 days in quarantine because of a positive COVID test.  Jayson Tatum added 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Robert Williams finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

It was an ugly scene in Boston’s last game against Toronto, as they were booed off their own court in a 115-83 losing effort.  Tatum led the team in scoring with 18 points and only he, Josh Richardson (12) and Al Horford (11) reached double-digits.  Brown struggled heavily, finishing with nine points and four rebounds on an ugly 3-of-13 shooting.

Houston Rockets

No one was surprised when Houston dropped their season opener against Minnesota, but heads turned when the Rockets, who are favoured to finish near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, dumped Oklahoma City 124-91 Friday night.  Christian Wood had a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds to lead Houston in scoring for the second straight game.  Wood was 13-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.  There’s a lot of expectations for Wood this season, after finishing in fourth place for Most Improved Player last year.

Eric Gordon finished with 22 points off the bench against the Thunder, while Kevin Porter Jr. added 20 points and nine assists.  Second-overall draft pick Jalen Green continues to be eased into the lineup, scoring nine points in each of his first two regular season games.  It’s obviously very early in the year, but one notable stat is Houston averaging 115 points per game, good for 11th in the NBA.

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