Boston Celtics (32-9) vs. Houston Rockets (19-21)
Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets 1/21/24 – As the Boston Celtics, with their impressive 32-9 record, prepare to face off against the Houston Rockets, who are currently 19-21, the NBA world is buzzing with anticipation for this clash on Sunday. This game is not just a regular-season encounter but a spectacle showcasing contrasting fortunes. With the Celtics soaring high and the Rockets trying to find their rhythm, NBA picks today are leaning heavily towards the form factor, making this matchup a focal point for basketball enthusiasts and bettors alike.
The Boston Celtics have been nothing short of amazing this season, averaging 120.9 points per game while posting an astounding 47.8% field goal percentage and making 43.2 field goals each game on average. What truly distinguishes them is their incredible three-point shooting, scoring 16.2 average 3-pointers at 38.1% success rate! Defensive stats were equally impressive; 47.5 rebounds per game and 6.4 blocks proved their ability to dominate both ends of the court; in addition, their balanced attack and disciplined play are evidenced by their relatively low turnover rate (12.3 per game) and 80.6% free throw percentage.
Houston Rockets provide an interesting contrast. Scoring an average of 112.3 points per game, they do not lag far behind in offensive capabilities, with 40.8 field goals made per game at 46.1% field goal percentage and an impressive 3-point game that averages 12.1 made at 35.6% (35.4 3-pointers per game on average), commendable but less lethal than Boston Celtics 3-point shooting capabilities. Defensively they also lag slightly with 444.9 rebounds per game and less blocks (4.3 per game), although their Achilles’ heel may lie elsewhere as they average more turnovers (12.4 per game) and fouls (21.5 per game than Boston does.
Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets 1/21/24 Game Info
|Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 7:00 PM ET
|Space City Home Network
|NBA League Pass
Jayson Tatum (SF) vs. Alperen Sengun (C)
Jayson Tatum has been the driving force behind the Celtics’ success this season. In 38 games played (all starts), he’s averaging 35.8 minutes while putting up 27.1 points on 47.8% shooting. Tatum also chips in 8.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1 steal, and 0.5 blocks per contest. His ability to score from all three levels with efficiency and facilitate for others has unlocked Boston’s potent attack. However, Tatum’s 2.7 turnovers per game remains an area for improvement.
Meanwhile, Alperen Sengun has emerged in his second season as a key foundation piece for the rebuilding Rockets. The Turkish big man has started all 40 games, playing 32.3 minutes a night with averages of 21.5 points and 9 rebounds while shooting an efficient 53.7% from the field. He also dishes out 4.9 assists as an excellent passer but does commit 2.6 turnovers per game. While his scoring touch and court vision are impressive, Sengun’s defensive capabilities lag behind other top centers.
Tatum remains matchup proof with the ability to shoot or drive past most defenders. If Sengun cannot keep up on switches, Tatum may exploit him off the dribble. On the other end, Sengun’s strength on the block could pose issues for Boston’s thin frontcourt. Ultimately, Tatum’s two-way excellence gives him the edge in this star battle.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
Betting odds for this game have yet to be released, but are expected to reflect the closely contested nature of both teams. Bettors will need to evaluate both sides’ offensive prowess and fighting spirit.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Celtics have been a safe bet this season, especially considering their 4-1 record in the last 5 games and a decent 3-2 record against the spread in the same period. Their ability to cover spreads in road games (8-11) shows their resilience in unfamiliar environments. Bettors should note the trend of the total going OVER in 11 of their last 20 home games, indicating a tendency towards high-scoring affairs.
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Rockets have been struggling, evident from their 1-4 record in the last 5 games and a concerning 0-5 record against the spread. Their performance in road games against the spread (6-12) does not inspire confidence either. However, the total going OVER in 3 of their last 5 games, and 8 of their last 21 home games, suggests that they can engage in high-scoring contests.
Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets 1/21/24 Betting Picks
Considering the statistics and current form, the Celtics emerge as the stronger team, both offensively and defensively. Their ability to control the game’s pace and efficiency in scoring make them the favorites in this matchup. The Rockets, while having the potential for an upset, seem to struggle with consistency and discipline, which could be their downfall against a team like the Celtics.
In premium experts picks, it seems to be the Celtics, especially with their ability to cover spreads and engage in high-scoring games. The over/under bettors should lean towards the OVER, given both teams’ trends.
Free Pick and Prediction: Boston Celtics 115, Houston Rockets 105.