Celtics vs Rockets Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Tuesday, December 27, 2022

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The Boston Celtics (24-10) host the Houston Rockets (10-23) at TD Garden, starting at 7:30 PM ET on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. The Rockets are heavy 14.5-point underdogs in the game. The over/under for the matchup is 230.5 points.

How to bet Celtics vs. Rockets

Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 14.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Celtics as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -1283 odds to pick up the win, while the Rockets are listed at +775 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 230.5 points.

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Celtics vs. Rockets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Tuesday, December 27, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBCS
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Arena: TD Garden

Celtics vs. Rockets Betting Trends

The Celtics have played 34 games, with 19 wins against the spread. Boston has won 22, or 68.8%, of the 32 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Celtics games this year have gone over the point total 57.6% of the time (19 out of 33 games with a set point total).

The Rockets have 15 wins against the spread in 33 games this year. Houston has won 32.3% of the games this season it was the moneyline underdog (10-21). Rockets games this year have gone over the total in 17 of 33 opportunities (51.5%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Celtics

Celtics Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jayson Tatum 32 30.9 8.1 4.1 1.2 0.9 3.3
Jaylen Brown 32 26.6 7.4 3.5 1.2 0.5 2.5
Malcolm Brogdon 29 13.6 4.0 3.7 0.6 0.3 1.8
Marcus Smart 30 11.4 3.4 7.4 1.3 0.4 1.8
Al Horford 25 10.1 6.3 2.6 0.5 1.1 2.2

Rockets

Rockets Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jalen Green 33 21.4 4.4 3.6 0.8 0.2 2.3
Kevin Porter Jr. 32 19.3 5.5 5.6 1.4 0.4 2.0
Alperen Sengun 30 14.9 8.8 2.6 0.7 1.0 0.2
Jabari Smith Jr. 32 12.3 7.2 0.8 0.5 1.0 2.0
Eric Gordon 28 11.5 2.0 2.4 0.6 0.4 1.9
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Celtics vs. Rockets Injury Report

Rockets: Eric Gordon: Probable (Thumb), Jae’Sean Tate: Out (Ankle)

What you need to know about the Boston Celtics

Boston has been led by its offense, as it ranks best in the NBA by putting up 118.7 points per game. It ranks 13th in the league in points allowed (112.4 per contest). The Celtics score 122.7 points per game when playing at home, compared to 114.2 points per game away from home, a difference of 8.5 points per contest. The Celtics have been racking up 113.6 points per game in their last 10 appearances, an average that’s slightly lower than the 118.7 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.

Boston ranks second-best in the NBA by sinking 15.9 three-pointers per game. In terms of three-point percentage, it ranks sixth in the league at 37.9%. Of the shots taken by the Celtics in 2022-23, 52.3% of them have been two-pointers (62.3% of the team’s made baskets) and 47.7% have been three-pointers (37.7%).

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What you need to know about the Houston Rockets

In 2022-23, Houston is third-worst in the league on offense (110.2 points scored per game) and 21st defensively (115.4 points conceded). The Rockets average 110.3 points per game at home, and 110.1 away. While the Rockets are posting 110.2 points per game in 2022-23, they have improved that mark over their last 10 games, producing 110.6 a contest.

Houston is 18th in the NBA in 3-pointers made (11.5 per game) and fourth-worst in 3-point percentage (33.2%). The Rockets take 60.9% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 39.1% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 71% of the Rockets’ baskets are 2-pointers, and 29% are 3-pointers.

Our pick to win this contest is the Celtics, and we project that Celtics will cover the spread (Celtics -14.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 230.5 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Smullen

Hailing all the way from Dublin, Ireland, Dan Smullen has BSC. in the Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick. He is data obsessed. In the past he has worked both as a video performance analyst and provided biometric performance testing and analysis for professional rugby teams. Dan is obsessed about helping the average punter become more successful at sports betting through the assistance of good sports betting data analysis. He has worked with over 200 journalists at multiple editorial teams in his previous role as Head of Search for the largest national news publisher in Ireland.

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