The 12-9 Boston Celtics will travel to play the 10-11 Houston Rockets in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Houston is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the ESPN.
The NBA odds from this game has the home club Houston Rockets favored by -2 ½ points with an over under line of 206 points. When the odds opened up a few hours ago it was Houston a -2 ½ point favorite and the total lined at 205 ½ points. There has been no movement on the side and a ½ point move on the over.
During the lockout season last year the teams met once and it was Boston with the 97-92 home win against the Rockets as a -4 ½ point betting favorite. The game went over 188 ½ points. Boston is 4-5 straight up on the road this season. They concluded their brief two game home stand with wins in each game. After defeating Philadelphia 97-79 the team defeats Dallas on Tuesday 117-115 at home as a -6 point favorite. They have lost their past two road games to Philadelphia and Milwaukee. The Celtics allow 99 points a game and 45% shooting on the road this season. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 20 points a game. Kevin Garnett is having a nice season with 16 points and a 54% shooting percentage.
The Rockets are 8-5 on their home court in the 2012-13 season. They broke a three game losing streak on Wednesday in a 99-93 home victory against the Washington Wizards as a -10 1/2 point favorite. Heading into the Wizards game the Rockets have given up an average of 117 points per game to their past six opponents. The Rockets are 30th in the league in scoring defense allowing 105 points a game. Teams make 46% of their shots against them. Houston’s lack of size is an issue for this club. They are facing a Boston team that shoots efficiency with 47.3% conversions from the field. James Harden leads Houston with 25 points and 43% shooting from the floor.