Basketball sports betting handicappers still consider Boston as one of the prime challengers for basketball betting online supremacy in the Eastern Conference this season.
The Boston Celtics will host the Houston Rockets on Monday night with a telecast on NBA TV that is set to begin at 7:30 PM ET. Be sure and open your account at Sports Gambling for this key interconference matchup.
Boston had a basketball betting NBA online record of 28-8 straight up and 18-17-1 against the spread as they were firmly ensconced in the top spot of the Atlantic Division standings. The Celtics were not a good value at home however with just 7 payouts in their first 18 games with 10 of the games going over the total.
Boston remained the top defensive team in the league but ranked just 16th for offense. Rajon Rondo, who had a stellar average of 13.4 assists per game, just returned to the lineup from injury but leading rebounder Kevin Garnett remained out until the middle of the month with a calf injury.
Paul Pierce was leading Boston with 19.1 points per game and the Celtics had just 3 payouts in 10 games from December 22 through January 8 as 7 of those games went under the total.
Houston had a record of 16-21 straight up and 17-18-2 with the NBA sports betting line. The Rockets were 9-10-1against the spread on the road and failed to get the money in 8 consecutive games from December 27 through January 8. Houston ranked 5th on offense but 25th for defense.
Houston has paid out in just 1 of their last 7 games as a dog. Boston has paid out in just 2 of their last 6 games as a chalk. Houston has paid out in 12 of their last 19 basketball sports betting matchups with Boston although the Celtics have gotten the money in 3 of the last 5 matchups.
The Rockets have shown tremendous value at Boston with 8 payouts in their last 9 visits including 4 consecutive covers. The series has gone over the total in 3 of the last 4 matchups at Boston. This is the first meeting of the season between the teams.