The Boston Celtics have returned to the win column the past two games after a season-worst stretch from February 27 to March 6 where the team lost four of five games — two of which came against their Atlantic Division rivals, the Knicks. On Monday, March 13, the Celtics have a strong chance to run their win streak to three as they face the west’s worst team, the Rockets.
Houston comes into this one on a three-game losing streak and has won just two of its last 14 games overall. The Rockets rank near the bottom in offensive rating, defensive rating, and net rating, so the stats bear out that this squad simply isn’t ready to win much in 2022-23.
Perhaps Victor Wembanyama can save them next season, but Houston is what they are during this season: one of the undisputed worst teams in the league. Can Boston take care of a business as a heavy favorite?
Houston Rockets: 28th (ORtg), 29th (DRtg), 15th (Pace), 29th (NRtg)
Boston Celtics: 4th (ORtg), 4th (DRtg), 18th (Pace), 1st (NRtg)
Boston Celtics Projected Starting Lineup
PG – Marcus Smart, SG – Derrick White, SF – Jaylen Brown, PF – Jayson Tatum, C – Al Horford
Houston Rockets Projected Starting Lineup
PG – Kevin Porter Jr., SG – Jalen Green, SF – Kenyon Martin Jr., PF – Jabari Smith Jr., C – Alperen Sengun
Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets Injury Report
Celtics C Robert Williams III (hamstring) – Out
Celtics PG Payton Pritchard (heel) – Out
Rockets C Alperen Sengun (left groin strain) – Probable
Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets Prediction
Since February 13, all but two of the Rockets’ losses have come by single digits. Luckily for Houston, it was their last two losses against the Bulls and Pacers. While one could see that as a corner being turned, the Houdini sees that as the team’s best efforts falling short.
Boston is going to remind the Rockets where each team stands in the Association’s hierarchy on Monday night in the Space City.
Celtics 135 Rockets 118