NBA Games of the Week - Celtics at Rockets and 76ers at Bucks

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

By Kyle Markus
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The Golden State Warriors are the team to beat in the NBA, but the Houston Rockets are showing they are a worthy challenger. Houston continues to hold a slight lead over Golden State for the best record in the NBA and can stay there with a big win this week over the Boston Celtics in a nationally televised affair. The Celtics are right on Toronto’s tail for the top seed in the East so this game has huge implications for both sides.

In another key NBA Game of the Week, two of the most notable young superstars in the league will face off when Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers travel to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Both teams are jockeying for playoff seeding in the middle of the East so this is another game that will be fun to watch.

Let’s dig deeper into these matchups in NBA odds.

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Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets

Date and Time: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:30 p.m. ET

Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

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Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets TV Coverage: ABC

The Celtics have a 43-19 record this season, which is a game behind the Raptors in the East. While Boston isn’t going to catch the Warriors and the Rockets for the top record in the NBA, finishing with home court throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs would be a nice accomplishment.

Houston is 47-13 on the season and has one fewer loss than the Warriors heading into the final sprint toward the finish line. Golden State is going to be expected to win another title but the Rockets figure to be their toughest foe, especially if they can manage the home court advantage.

Key Stat

13. That’s the number of wins in a row for the Rockets as they have surpassed the Warriors for the NBA’s best record. James Harden is an MVP candidate while Chris Paul has proven to be an excellent offseason addition and the second superstar this team needed. Houston has dominated all year when those two have been healthy and it will aim to keep the winning streak rolling in this one.

Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets Free Picks

The Celtics are a good team but the Rockets are great. Houston is the easy pick to win this game.

Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets ATS Pick: Rockets to cover

Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets Score Prediction: Rockets 117, Celtics 106

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Date and Time: Sunday, March 4, 2018, 8 p.m. ET

Location: BMO Bradley Harris Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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76ers vs. Bucks TV Coverage: ABC

The 76ers are 32-27 on the season and sit in the seventh seed in the East. They have won seven of their past 10 games but have lost two in a row. Between Embiid and Ben Simmons, Philadelphia boasts two of the brightest young stars in the league.

The Bucks are 33-27 on the year, good for the No. 6 seed in conference. Milwaukee has won six of 10 but also lost two in a row. Even though Embiid and Simmons are fantastic players, the most talented player on the court will be Antetokounmpo, who has taken the next step to superstardom this year.

Key Stat

2.5. That’s the number of games that separates the Nos. five through eight seeds in the East, with Milwaukee and Philadelphia right in the middle of that mix. Both are good bets to make the postseason but would love to move up to the No. 5 seed to avoid the Raptors, Celtics or Cavaliers in the first round. This is a huge tilt for both of them as they aim to make that move.

76ers vs. Bucks Free Picks

These two teams are very evenly matched. When that is the case, it’s easy to grab the home team. The Bucks are the pick to take care of business.

76ers vs. Bucks ATS Pick: Take the 76ers to cover the spread

76ers vs. Bucks Score Prediction: Bucks 107, 76ers 105

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