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Houston @ Boston

Current Records: Houston 38-20; Boston 41-17

What to Know

After four games on the road, the Boston Celtics are heading back home. After a few days' rest for both teams, they and the Houston Rockets will meet up at 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday at TD Garden. The Celtics haven't won a game against Houston since Dec. 28 of 2017, but they'll be looking to end the drought.

Boston strolled past the Utah Jazz with points to spare on Wednesday, taking the contest 114-103. It was another big night for Boston's power forward Jayson Tatum, who dropped a double-double on 33 points and 11 boards. Tatum's night made it three games in a row now in which he has scored at least 33 points.

Meanwhile, if there were any doubts why the Rockets were heavy favorites Wednesday, the team quickly laid those doubts to rest. Everything went their way against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday as they made off with a 140-112 victory. With Houston ahead 73-47 at the half, the matchup was all but over already. Their point guard Russell Westbrook did his thing and had 33 points and eight assists in addition to nine rebounds.

The wins brought Boston up to 41-17 and Houston to 38-20. A pair of stats to keep an eye on: Boston enters the game with only 106.5 points allowed per game on average, good for third best in the league. But Houston comes into the game boasting the second most points per game in the league at 118.9. We'll see which of these strengths -- offense or defense -- will win out.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: ABC
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $113.00


The Celtics are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Rockets, according to the latest NBA odds.

Vegas was right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 1.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: 230

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Series History

Houston have won six out of their last nine games against Boston.

  • Feb 11, 2020 - Houston 116 vs. Boston 105
  • Mar 03, 2019 - Houston 115 vs. Boston 104
  • Dec 27, 2018 - Houston 127 vs. Boston 113
  • Mar 03, 2018 - Houston 123 vs. Boston 120
  • Dec 28, 2017 - Boston 99 vs. Houston 98
  • Jan 25, 2017 - Boston 120 vs. Houston 109
  • Dec 05, 2016 - Houston 107 vs. Boston 106
  • Mar 11, 2016 - Houston 102 vs. Boston 98
  • Nov 16, 2015 - Boston 111 vs. Houston 95