Celtics vs Rockets: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 14, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 14, 2021 - Last Updated on March 17, 2021

A game after he scored 31 points in a 121-109 loss to the Nets, Jayson Tatum leads the Boston Celtics (19-17) on the road against the Houston Rockets (11-25) as 10.5-point favorites. The matchup, which airs on NBCS-BOS, starts at 8:00 PM ET on Sunday, March 14, 2021. The over/under is set at 224 in the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from FanDuel sportsbook as of March 14, 2021, 1:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Celtics vs Rockets Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 14

Celtics:
Romeo Langford: Out (Health and Safety Protocols)

Rockets:
P.J. Tucker: Out (Not with team),
David Nwaba: Day To Day (Wrist),
Dante Exum: Out (Calf),
John Wall: Out (Knee),
Eric Gordon: Out (Groin),
Christian Wood: Out (Ankle),
Danuel House Jr.: Out (Knee),
Rodions Kurucs: Out (Oblique)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Rockets (+10.5)
Total Pick Under (224)
Prediction Celtics 114, Rockets 108

The model favors the Celtics by 5.3 points, a much smaller margin than the 10.5-point spread set by FanDuel. Take the Rockets to cover.

In this matchup, the model projects a total (221.8 points) a little lower than the FanDuel over/under (224 points).

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Celtics Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jayson Tatum 32 25.1 7.0 4.4 1.3 0.5 2.6
Jaylen Brown 34 24.4 5.6 4.0 1.2 0.5 2.3
Kemba Walker 21 18.1 3.6 4.4 1.0 0.4 2.9
Marcus Smart 18 13.4 2.7 5.8 1.7 0.6 1.7
Daniel Theis 35 9.5 5.1 1.3 0.7 1.1 0.8

Rockets Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Christian Wood 17 22.0 10.2 1.3 0.9 1.5 1.9
John Wall 25 21.0 3.2 6.0 0.9 0.7 2.0
Victor Oladipo 25 20.1 5.2 4.7 1.5 0.4 2.4
Eric Gordon 27 17.8 2.1 2.6 0.5 0.5 2.6
Jae’Sean Tate 36 9.9 5.3 1.6 1.0 0.5 0.6

Shooting Trends

  • The Celtics make 46.8% of their shots from the field this season, which is 0.1 percentage points higher than the Rockets have allowed to their opponents (46.7%).
  • In games Boston shoots higher than 46.7% from the field, it is 14-7 against the spread and 16-5 overall.
  • Houston is 10-7 against the spread and 10-7 overall when allowing opponents to shoot better than 46.8% from the field.
  • The Rockets have shot at a 43.4% rate from the field this season, 3.6 percentage points less than the 47% shooting opponents of the Celtics have averaged.
  • This season, Houston has a 7-4 record against the spread and a 7-4 record overall in games the team collectively shoots better than 47% from the field.
  • When Boston’s opponents shoot above 43.4% from the field, it is 7-2 against the spread and 7-2 overall.
  • The Celtics are hitting 37.3% of their three-point shots this season, 0.4% higher than the 36.9% the Rockets allow opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Boston has collected a 14-6 record against the spread and a 16-4 straight-up record in games this season when the team knocks down more than 36.9% of its three-point shots.
  • Houston is 7-10 against the spread and 8-9 overall when its opponents shoot higher than 37.3% from deep.
  • The Rockets are making 32.6% of their shots from three-point distance, which is 3.8 percentage points fewer than the 36.4% the Celtics’ opponents are averaging on the season.
  • Houston has a 6-4 ATS record and is 6-4 straight-up when the team makes more than 36.4% of its three-point attempts.
  • Boston has a 7-7 ATS record and a 7-7 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 32.6% from three-point range.
  • The Celtics’ 12.3 made three-pointers per game this season is one fewer made shot on average than the 13.3 per game the Rockets give up.
  • Houston is 9-9 against the spread and 9-9 overall when it connects on more three-pointers than its opponents, while Boston is 7-11 ATS and 8-10 straight up in games when it is out-shot from distance.
  • The Celtics are the 19th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Rockets give up the 10th-fewest makes from deep.

Celtics vs Rockets Stat Rankings

Celtics Rank Celtics AVG Rockets AVG Rockets Rank
20th 111.9 Points Scored 107.2 25th
10th 111.2 Points Allowed 113.2 22nd
10th 43.7 Rebounds 42.6 26th
5th 11.1 Off. Rebounds 9.1 21st
19th 12.3 3pt Made 13.3 10th
27th 22.6 Assists 22 28th
15th 13.5 Turnovers 14.1 23rd

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