Free NBA Picks Today: Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics 3/13/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics 3/13/23
Mon 13th March 2023

The Boston Celtics (47-21, 21-12 Away), one of the NBA’s top scoring teams, head to face the Houston Rockets (15-52, 9-24 Home) on Monday. Boston beat the Atlanta Hawks 134-125 at State Farm Arena on Saturday. Jayson Tatum was a top performer with 34 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists.

The Celtics are two games behind the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference, currently sitting in second. Houston dropped their third in a row on Saturday at Toyota Center, falling to the Chicago Bulls 119-111. Jabari Smith Jr. had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to lead the team.

The Rockets are 15th in the Western Conference. It’s the last meeting of the season between the teams. Boston will be aiming for a season sweep against Houston after getting the win in the only previous game 126-102 at TD Garden in December 2022, their fifth straight head-to-head victory.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 39 points, while Tatum played a key role with 38 points and eight rebounds. Jalen Green had 28 points in the losing effort. The Celts have been led this season by Tatum and Brown, who are averaging 30.4 and 26.3 points per game, respectively. Tatum is sixth in the league in scoring.

Tatum also has grabbed 8.9 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Marcus Smart is dishing 6.5 assists per game. Green has been the primary provider for the Rockets on offense, averaging 21.7 points per game. Alperen Sengun is collecting 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

With 117.9 points per game, the Celtics are one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league (4th). The Rockets have had the advantage in recent games between the teams at Toyota Center, winning seven of the last 10.

Boston is 6-4 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +2.9 (118.7-115.8). Houston has gone 2-8 over the last 10, allowing 121.7 points per game on average while scoring only 111.8 (-9.9 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Robert Williams: 12.0 | 18.6 | -6.6
Points per game:
Derrick White: 15.8 | 12.1 | +3.7
Rebounds per game:
Jayson Tatum: 11.5 | 8.9 | +2.6
Robert Williams: 6.0 | 8.6 | -2.6
Assists per game:
Marcus Smart: 4.8 | 6.5 | -1.7


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Daishen Nix: 14.0 | 8.7 | +5.3
Points per game:
Jabari Smith Jr.: 17.6 | 12.2 | +5.4
Kevin Porter Jr.: 13.3 | 18.5 | -5.2
Assists per game:
Kevin Porter Jr.: 7.3 | 5.7 | +1.6

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Boston Celtics -11.5 (-115)

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