Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets
Boston Celtics Preview
The Boston Celtics will bid for their eighth straight victory on Tuesday when they oppose the Houston Rockets to conclude a two-game road trip. Kemba Walker appears to have turned the corner from a three-game absence caused by a sore knee after shining Sunday in his second game back, scoring 27 points in Boston’s 112-111 win at Oklahoma City.
Jayson Tatum recorded his seventh double-double of the season, collecting 26 points and 11 rebounds against the Thunder. Tatum has enjoyed a blistering February, averaging 28.8 points while making 48 of 101 shots (47.5 percent) from the floor. Boston will play its penultimate game before the All-Star break, with the club returning home to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.
Houston Rockets Preview
The Houston Rockets aim to snap a modest two-game skid on Tuesday when they play their final contest before the All-Star break, a home tilt versus the Boston Celtics. The Rockets fell victim to Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer as time expired in a 114-113 loss to visiting Utah on Sunday, a shot that trumped Russell Westbrook’s game-high 39 points and James Harden’s triple-double (28 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).
Westbrook has scored 30 or more points in 11 of his past 13 contests while shooting 52.8 percent in that span. Harden, who leads the NBA in scoring with an average of 35.2 points, erupted for 45 and 42 as Houston swept last season’s series against Boston.