Celtics vs Rockets: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – April 2, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 2, 2021

Atlantic Division opponents square off when the Boston Celtics (23-25) host the Houston Rockets (13-34) at TD Garden, starting at 7:30 PM ET on Friday, April 2, 2021. The Celtics are 9.5-point favorites in the game, the second matchup between the squads this season. The over/under is set at 224 in the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of April 2, 2021, 7:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Celtics vs Rockets Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of April 2

Celtics:
Tristan Thompson: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Semi Ojeleye: Out (Side)

Rockets:
David Nwaba: Day To Day (Wrist),
Dante Exum: Out (Calf),
Eric Gordon: Out (Groin),
John Wall: Day To Day (Knee)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Celtics (-9.5)
Total Pick Under (224)
Prediction Celtics 117, Rockets 105

The model projects the Celtics to win, just as DraftKings does, but the model favors them by a small margin more (12.4 to 9.5).

In this game, the model projects a total (222.2 points) marginally lower than the DraftKings over/under (224 points).

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Celtics Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jayson Tatum 42 25.3 6.9 4.4 1.4 0.5 2.8
Jaylen Brown 44 24.5 5.6 3.7 1.3 0.5 2.6
Evan Fournier 28 18.5 2.9 3.4 1.1 0.4 2.6
Kemba Walker 29 18.3 3.6 4.7 1.2 0.3 2.8
Marcus Smart 29 13.1 3.0 5.4 1.4 0.6 1.9

Celtics Player Props

  • Jayson Tatum’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 37.5, 1.0 greater than his season average of 36.5.
  • Tristan Thompson’s rebounding prop total for the matchup is listed at 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 rebounds lower than his season average of 8.4.
  • Kemba Walker’s three pointers made prop total for the game is set at 2.5, 0.3 shots lower than his season average of 2.8.
  • Robert Williams III’s blocks prop total for the game is set at 3.5, 1.6 blocks higher than his season average of 1.9.

Rockets Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Christian Wood 24 21.2 9.7 1.4 0.9 1.5 1.7
John Wall 32 20.2 3.4 6.8 1.0 0.8 1.9
Eric Gordon 27 17.8 2.1 2.6 0.5 0.5 2.6
Kevin Porter Jr. 10 15.9 2.8 5.8 0.9 0.5 1.4
Kelly Olynyk 46 10.6 6.0 2.2 1.0 0.7 1.8

Rockets Player Props

  • Christian Wood’s PRA prop over/under for the contest is listed at 28.5, 3.8 less than his season average of 32.3.
  • John Wall’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 32.5, 2.2 greater than his season average of 30.3.
  • Eric Gordon’s three pointers made prop total for the contest is set at 2.5, 0.1 shots lower than his season average of 2.6.
  • Jae’Sean Tate’s steals prop over/under for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.4 steals higher than his season average of 1.1.

Shooting Trends

  • The Celtics are shooting 46.8% from the field this season, the same percentage the Rockets allow to opponents.
  • Boston has a 17-9 record against the spread and an 18-8 straight-up record in games it shoots better than 46.8% from the field.
  • Houston’s record is 12-11 against the spread and 12-11 overall when its opponents make more than 46.8% of their shots from the field.
  • The Rockets have shot at a 43.7% clip from the field this season, three percentage points fewer than the 46.7% shooting opponents of the Celtics have averaged.
  • Houston has compiled a 9-6 record against the spread and an 8-7 straight up record in games it shoots higher than 46.7% from the field.
  • This season, Boston has a 10-3 record against the spread and a 10-3 straight up record when it allows opponents to shoot greater than 43.7% from the field.
  • The Celtics shoot 37.3% from three-point range, 0.3% higher than the 37% the Rockets allow to opponents.
  • Boston has assembled an 18-8 record against the spread and a 19-7 straight-up record in games this season when the team connects on more than 37% of its three-point shots.
  • Houston is 10-13-1 against the spread while putting up a 10-14 straight-up record when its opponents shoot over 37.3% from downtown.
  • The Rockets shoot 33% from three-point distance this season. That’s 4.3 percentage points lower than the Celtics have allowed their opponents to shoot from deep (37.3%).
  • Houston has an 8-6 ATS record and is 8-6 straight-up when the team hits more than 37.3% of its three-point attempts.
  • Boston has a 10-7 ATS record and a 10-7 straight-up record this season when it connects on more than 33% of its three-point attempts.
  • The Celtics’ 12.9 made three-pointers per game this season are only 0.4 fewer made shots on average than the 13.3 per game the Rockets give up.
  • Houston is 11-10-1 against the spread and 11-11 overall when it connects on more threes than its opponents, while Boston is 7-15 ATS and 8-14 straight up in games when it is out-shot from deep.
  • The Celtics are the 12th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Rockets allow the 14th-fewest makes from deep.

Celtics vs Rockets Stat Rankings

Celtics Rank Celtics AVG Rockets AVG Rockets Rank
16th 112.2 Points Scored 107.3 25th
15th 111.3 Points Allowed 113.6 22nd
13th 43.9 Rebounds 42.1 23rd
6th 10.8 Off. Rebounds 9 23rd
12th 12.9 3pt Made 13.3 11th
24th 22.9 Assists 22.6 28th
14th 13.2 Turnovers 13.8 20th

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