Boston: 103.9 points/100 possessions (15th)
Houston: 106.3 points/100 possessions (11th)
Boston: 103.1 points allowed/100 possessions (9th)
Houston: 106.9 points allowed/100 possessions (22nd)
Probable Houston starters: Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Chandler Parsons Patrick Patterson, Omer Asik
View From The Opposing Bench: Red94
Thumbnail: As we discussed earlier this week on CelticsHub, the C’s have showed a nice bounceback on the defensive end over the last seven games since bring called out as soft by Doc Rivers against Brooklyn a couple weeks back. The dity little secret over that stretch is that Boston has faced off with a number of inferior and subpar offenses, which has aided their ascension back to the top-10.
Tonight though, the first true test comes to light as the C’s face off with a team that utilitizes the pick-and-roll and shoots 3-pointers almost as much as any team in the league. Keeping Harden and Lin will be a tall task, while also attempting to keep Asik off the offensive glass all night. Boston has the offensive weapons this year to keep pace for a shootout, but to be honest, their weapons aren’t as dangerous as Houston’s. They have to slow Houston down on the defensive end to have a chance tonight and be sound with their rotations and coverages.
Prediction: Celtics 97, Rockets 93