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Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics game preview

The Rockets try to avoid a schedule loss

The Houston Rockets are going to lose tonight.

Truly, it’s difficult to not just write “schedule loss” and leave the preview there. Let’s go over some facts:

  1. The Rockets played last night. It was a closer-than-expected game against a banged-up and terrible Detroit Pistons squad.
  2. The Boston Celtics did not play last night.
  3. The game is in Boston, where the Celtics have not lost this season.
  4. The Rockets will probably be without their best defensive starter, best defensive bench player, and the only backup big that can play for five minutes without costing the Rockets the game.
  5. The Celtics are clean on the injury front.
  6. Boston is coming off their worst loss of the season and will be pissed off.
  7. Boston fans haven’t had a chance to let off steam since Bill Belichick left the Patriots.
  8. Houston’s other four major starters played 37 or more minutes last night. Fred VanVleet played 43.
  9. The game is Ime Udoka’s first game back in Boston since he was let go. There might be some feelings.
  10. The line is Celtics by 15.5.

Houston fans will probably tune into the Texans game today, hoping for a win in the franchise’s first playoff appearance in 5 years. The Texans are also underdogs in their game, but have the better chance of giving Houston a win today.

It’s a schedule loss. Regroup and prepare for Monday.

Tip-off

6pm CT

How to Watch

Space City Home Network

Injury Report

Rockets

Dillon Brooks-GTD (abdominal)

Tari Eason-OUT (leg)

Jeff Green-QUESTIONABLE

Celtics

None

The Line (as of this post)

BOS -15.5

Looking ahead because we can

Monday afternoon in Philadelphia