The Celtics will go for their third straight win while being shorthanded yet again on Monday night in Houston. The team ruled out three players on Sunday for their final matchup of the year with the Rockets on Monday night.
Robert Williams will miss his fifth straight game due to hamstring soreness. He is with the team on the road trip and is getting closer to a return after making comments to the Boston Globe before Saturday’s win.
For Jabari Smith Jr. and the Rockets, it’s the second matchup of a six-game March homestand at Toyota Center. On paper, it’s their least likely game to win of the six, with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s Celtics among a short list of legitimate title contenders this season.
That said, there are at least a few reasons for optimism with the home team. They’ve won two of their last five games, overall, and two of those three losses were Thursday’s overtime setback at Indiana and Saturday’s home loss to Chicago — in which Houston led for the vast majority of the game before losing control late.
Generally speaking, the Rockets are getting more competitive, and the improved play by rookie forward Jabari Smith Jr. is perhaps the biggest reason. Over his last five games, the No. 3 overall draft pick of the 2022 first round is averaging 17.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in 33.7 minutes on 54.2% shooting and 45.5% on 3-pointers.
When is Celtics vs. Rockets and when does it start?
This game between the Celtics and Rockets will go down on Monday, March 13, 2023. Expect to see the opening tip at 8:00 PM ET.
Where to Watch Celtics vs. Rockets
The Celtics and Rockets will take to the court at Toyota Center for this matchup on March 13, and if you would like to catch the matchup live, get your tickets now from Vivid Seats!
The Celtics have won 44, or 71%, of the 62 games they’ve played as favorites this season.
The Celtics hit 15.9 three-pointers per game (second-most in the league) at a 37.8% rate (fifth-best in the NBA), compared to the 11.7 per game their opponents make at a 35.2% rate.
During the 2022-23 campaign, the Celtics score 5.9 more points per home game on average than on the road (120.7 at home, 114.8 on the road), but are giving up 0.9 fewer points per home game compared to road games (111.9 at home, 112.8 on the road).
The Celtics’ offense has been better over their last 10 games, racking up 118.7 points per contest compared to the 117.9 they’ve averaged this year.
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