Afternoon O/U POWER-BOMB (Rockets-Celtics) ~ 11-3 L14 NBA Totals! 4-0 L4!
Houston vs. Boston,
03/03/2019 15:30 EDT,
Score: 115 - 104
Total: -115/+226 Under
8* Under Rockets/Celtics (3:30 ET): It wasn't pretty, but Boston finally got a win Friday night (their 1st since the All-Star Break!) by beating Washington (here at home), 107-96 as 9.5-pt chalk. Their own co-owner just referred to February as the "worst" he can remember. Maybe that's overstating things, but the team has been a disappointment. But I still wouldn't be surprised to see them make a move up the Eastern Conference standings before the end of the regular season. Things won't be easy today, however, as the Rockets come calling for a nationally televised home game.
Houston has won its last four games, scoring at least 118 points every time, but all four wins were relatively close (none greater than eight points). On Thursday, they needed every bit of James Harden's 58 points to overcome a 21-point 2H deficit and beat the Heat 121-118. That came on the heels of another 2H comeback, albeit not quite as dramatic, against Charlotte the night prior. Despite the high scores, the Rockets have not shot the ball particularly well during this win streak. In fact, their 49.4 FG% vs. Miami was their highest in a game since a win back on 2/1 vs. Denver.
Because they're facing the Rockets, this is a high total for a Celtics game. Of course, it's not quite as high as it was for their last game vs. Washington, which was my Total of the Week. I had the Under and that was never in doubt as the teams stayed 28 points clear of the number. Boston remains a top four team in the league in defensive efficiency, which will be key moving forward. Each of their last three games have stayed Under, but that also has just as much to do w/ the fact they were held below 100 pts in two of the games. They've failed to score 100 in three of their five games since the All-Star Break. 8* Under Rockets/Celtics