Free NBA Expert Picks For Tonight (Mar 3): Celtics vs Rockets Prediction
The NBA is host to seven games on Saturday night. The Houston Rockets will be rolling in on a fourteen-game winning streak against the Celtics. Boston is riding a four-game winning streak into Houston. The game will be on ABC and it should be a thriller. My NBA pick for March 3rd is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NBA expert picks instead of paying for them.
Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets Predictions
The Celtics have gone 44-19 this season. Boston has been good enough to earn the second-place seed in the Eastern Conference. Houston has gone 48-13. The Rockets have overtaken the Warriors for the top spot in the NBA and the Western Conference.
The first matchup between these two teams was back on December 28. The Celtics hosted the matchup and pulled off a 99-98 victory. James Harden dropped thirty-four points and ten assists, while Eric Gordan had twenty-four points of his own. Chris Paul sat out this matchup for the Rockets. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics in points with twenty-six. Jayson Tatum had nineteen points.
James Harden has been phenomenal for the Rockets on their recent winning streak. Harden and Chris Paul have combined to create a backcourt that can compete with the Golden State Warriors. Kyrie Irving continues to play well for the Celtics. Irving has done well in the leadership role that he was put into on Boston. The Celtics have shown signs of being a legitimate NBA Finals contender throughout the year.
The Rockets are likely to be without Ryan Anderson and Brendan Wright in Saturday’s matchup. Both players could suit up for Houston, but as of now, they are both unlikely to play. Boston is likely going to be without Daniel Theis. Like Anderson and Wright, Theis is questionable to play on Saturday night.
Boston Celtics +8 ½ (-110) at Houston Rockets -8 ½ (-110)
Kyrie Irving leads the team in points per game with twenty-five. Irving also has five assists and four rebounds per game. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have been young supporting pieces for the Celtics. Brown has been averaging fourteen points per game and five rebounds. Tatum averages thirteen points and five assists per game.
James Harden has been averaging 31 points per game. Harden is also averaging nine assists and five rebounds. Chris Paul has been great for the Rockets backcourt. Paul have averaged nineteen points and eight assists. Eric Gordan averages nineteen points. Clint Capela has averaged 15 points and eleven rebounds per game.
The Rockets are the better team in this matchup, but they are laying eight and a half points. While Houston has been an elite team, it will take a perfect performance to blow out the Celtics. I believe the Celtics could keep it close and have the possibility of pulling off the upset. Eight and a half points is a lot to lay in a matchup between two playoff contending teams. I believe this makes the Celtics and ideal pick.