Houston Rockets @ Boston Celtics – Friday January 11, 2013 7:30PM EST
As the regular season eases towards the halfway point, the Boston Celtics is not where it wants to be. The online sports book experts had expected the Celtics to cruise through the regular season and then turn it on in the playoffs. But, as any athlete will tell you, it really does not work that way. A team lives with the trends it sets during the regular season and is only as ready for the playoffs as it makes itself. The Celtics is holding onto the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by three games. It is going to need to start making a move soon if it wants to have momentum going into the playoffs.
The Houston Rockets seem to be benefitting from the arrival of Linsanity. The online sports betting experts suspected that guard Jeremy Lin would help the Rockets to score more points this season, but few people expected the Rockets to be in sixth place in the Western Conference and moving up quickly. Maybe there really is something to this Lin guy. Then again, it could also be the emergence of the other new Rocket, James Harden, that is also helping the team to be a legitimate playoff contender. Whatever is going on in Houston, it is going to be something that Boston is going to have to deal with on Friday night.
If you bet on sports, then you are probably familiar with the success that the Boston Celtics experienced last season. Boston advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference finals before finally being beaten by the Miami Heat. When it was announced that the team would stay together for next season, expectations were high. But the Celtics has been unable to live up to those expectations and now there is concern that this team may not be good enough to make the playoffs. Fans will be able to see where Boston is at when it plays an upstart team like the Rockets.
The sportsbook experts did not expect the few personnel changes the Rockets made to have such a dramatic effect on the team’s season, but it appears as though the new Rockets is extremely motivated. Maybe it is the magic of Linsanity or maybe opposing teams are fearing the beard. Whatever is going on in Houston, the fans hope that the team can keep it up. Getting a win over a team like Boston would definitely be a step in the right direction.
The Bottom Line
This may be a game where the Boston Celtics looks old and tired. The Houston Rockets is playing at such a high level that Boston may have difficulty keeping up. Look for Boston to use its bench a lot in this game in an attempt to keep up with Houston.
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Pick: Houston Rockets