The Houston Rockets will be on the road this Friday evening, January 11, as they travel to Bean Town for an NBA betting matchup against the Boston Celtics that is set to take place at the TD Garden, with tip off scheduled for 7:35 PM EST.
The Oddsmakers are giving a slim advantage to the home team in this contest, as they have listed the Celtics as -2 1/2 point favorites, while setting the over/under total at 200 1/2 points.
The Rockets come into play tonight with a decent record of 21 wins and 15 losses on the season. Their against the spread numbers nearly match their straight up record, with 21 point spread covers, 14 ATS losses and 1 push. Houston is 8-7-1 against the spread on the road this season and 9-7-1 as an underdog. They own the top offense in the NBA, as they are good for 106 points per game.
Meanwhile, Boston has won four games in a row and have climbed back above .500, with 18 wins and 17 losses on the season. However, they are bad against the spread, as they own a 13-19-3 mark overall, including 7-9-1 at home. As favorites they are also losers, with an 8-11-1 record when laying the chalk. Boston’s defense gives up 96.2 points per game, which is 8th best in the NBA.
The Rockets are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games played on the road and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall. They have gone over the posted total in five straight games versus Eastern Conference opponents.
The Celtics are a dismal 0-8 against the spread in their last eight games versus teams in the Western Conference. They have stayed under the posted total in six of seven versus Western Conference opponents and four of their last five overall.
Houston should be able to run all over the aging Celtics tonight for the road win and point spread cover. Boston’s defense will not be able to stop the Rockets offense for four quarters.
Rockets +2 1/2
Follow us on Twitter @ bballbet
PJ Laferla is a practicing freelance writer, professional handicapper, and the founder of SportsInput.com. If you are interested in hiring PJ Laferla for freelance writing or for winning picks against the spread, please submit all inquires to PJ@sportsinput.com.