Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 3/13/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets
Date: Monday, March 13, 2023
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-13)
The Boston Celtics are traveling to Toyota Center on Monday where they will go up against the Houston Rockets. Boston opens as 13-point favorites. The betting total comes in at 234.
The Celtics took the court against the Hawks and walked away with a win by a score of 134-125 in their last game. When discussing fouls, the Celtics left the arena with 21 while the Hawks finished the game with 17 fouls. They buried 10 out of their 34 attempts from distance. Atlanta walked away from this one shooting 93.8% from the charity stripe by burying 15 of 16 attempts. Additionally, Atlanta collected 48 rebounds (13 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 6 blocked shots. Atlanta earned 24 dimes and had 4 steals in this game. In the matter of the defense, Boston allowed the other team to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 50 out of 100 shooting. They also distributed 35 dimes for the matchup in addition to forcing 10 turnovers and having 6 steals. When it comes to getting rebounds, they compiled 40 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Celtics made 10 of 12 attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. Boston wrapped up the contest with a 54.7% field goal percentage (52 out of 95) and made 20 of 42 three-point attempts.
Jayson Tatum is a player who was a contributor for this game. He finished with 34 points on 12 out of 25 shooting. He played 35 minutes and also collected 15 rebounds. Tatum walked away from this one shooting 48.0% from the field and also dished out 6 dimes.
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Boston will enter this contest with a mark of 47-21 this season. They turn the ball over 13.5 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Boston is pulling down 45.2 boards per contest and has tallied 1,796 assists on the season, which has them ranked 5th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Celtics are shooting 37.8% on three-point shots (1,084 of 2,868) and 81.9% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 117.9 points per contest (4th in basketball) while hitting 47.4% from the field.
On defense, the Celtics have forced 12.7 turnovers per game and they draw 19.4 personal fouls. They are ranked 3rd in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,554 conceded for the year. The Celtics are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.6% (2,856 of 6,128) and they relinquish 43.9 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They surrender 35.2% on 3-point shots and they rank 8th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.4).
The last time they took the court, the Rockets took a defeat with a final score of 119-111 when they faced the Bulls. The Rockets were able to snag 27 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 33 in this game. They also gave up possession of the ball 16 times, while getting 10 steals in the matchup. The Bulls were called for 17 fouls in the matchup which took the Rockets to the free throw line for 17 attempts. They were able to make 13 of the free throw tries for a rate of 76.5%. Regarding shooting from 3-point land, Houston knocked down 16 of their 34 attempts (47.1%). When all was said and done, the Rockets ended up going 41 out of 85 from the field which gave them a rate of 48.2%. The Rockets allowed the Bulls to convert 44 out of their 86 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.2% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 46.9% from three-point range by connecting on 15 of 32 and ended up shooting 16 out of 22 at the free throw line (72.7%). Regarding rebounds, Houston permitted Chicago to get 44 overall (13 offensive).
Jabari Smith Jr. pitched in for the Rockets for the game. He made 8 of 14 in the matchup for a rate of 57.1%, and earned 10 rebounds. Smith Jr. recorded 20 points in his 36 mins of playing time and had 2 dimes for the matchup.
Houston has a win-loss mark of 15-52 on the season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Rockets are shooting 45.4% from the floor, which ranks them 29th in the league. Houston has accumulated 7,388 points for the season (110.3 per contest) and they collect 46.4 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 22.6 times per game (28th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 16.6 times per contest. The Rockets commit 20.6 fouls every game and they connect on 75.3% from the charity stripe.
The Houston defense allows 37.6% on shots from 3-point land (986 of 2,621) and their opponents are converting on 79.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 25.9 assists and 41.6 rebounds per contest, which is 23rd and 4th in the NBA. The Rockets defensively are ranked 28th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 118.5. They are forcing their opponents into 13.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.9% from the floor (22nd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (-13)
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