Boston: 107.0 points/100 possessions (16th)
Houston: 111.0 points/100 possessions (4th)
Boston: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Houston: 109.5 points allowed/100 possessions (21st)
Probable Houston starters: Kevin Martin, Kyle Lowry, Chase Budinger, Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes
View From The Opposing Bench: Red94
Thumbnail: March Madness got the best of me this afternoon, so this relatively brief preview will have to suffice as the Celtics kick off their three-game road trip in Houston. Boston will need to step up the defense tonight against the run-and-gun Rockets who go 10 deep and don’t have a lot of household (healthy) names left on the roster, but still can put up points with the best of them.
Houston is just two games out of the final spot in the West, and have won four of six, so they will be well rest and ready to fight the C’s in the midst of a long homestand. Nonetheless, the Celtics are looking to avenge an ugly loss against Houston earlier this year and finally have the horses to do it for the second straight game, especially off the bench, which is pivotal to compete with a team like the Rockets.
If the C’s make a conscious decision to play some defense, they should be able to sneak out of town with the win, which will be even more crucial than usual, given tomorrow night a back to back is looming.
Prediction: Celtics 99, Rockets 91. The bench shines once again and Rondo’s slump continues.