Rockets vs. Celtics preview, betting odds, injury report, game time, TV

Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

James Harden and the Houston Rockets will try to slow down the red hot Boston Celtics in a nationally televised Tuesday evening matchup.

After losing at home to the Utah Jazz due to another heart-breaking, long-range buzzer-beater, the Houston Rockets will look to end the Boston Celtics’ seven-game winning streak when they play host on Tuesday night.

The Rockets missed a golden opportunity to leapfrog the Jazz in the Western Conference standings as Bojan Bogdanovic‘s prayer was answered, so they have plenty of reasons to be properly motivated for a major test in the Celtics.

Jayson Tatum and the Celtics have won seven straight games and 10 of their last 11 overall, with their latest victory being a one-point road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. The C’s are the second-hottest team in the league with that streak, behind only the defending champion Toronto Raptors, who have won 15 straight.

While guard Jaylen Brown is dealing with injuries to both of his ankles, he was officially listed as probable by the Boston Celtics on Monday afternoon, so he will need to be planned for accordingly. Brown is having a career year, averaging season-highs in points (20.2), rebounds (6.5), assists (2.2), steals (1.1) and field goal percentage (49.4).

Led by James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the Rockets are averaging 118.2 points per game, which is second in the league, thanks largely to a league-leading 15.2 made threes per game.

On the other side of the ball, the Boston Celtics have been suffocating on defense, holding opponents to 105.5 points per game, which is behind only the Orlando Magic for best in the NBA.

Something’s gotta give as the two powerhouses meet for the first time this season. Here is all the information you need to know about the matchup.

Time, streaming options, ticketing

Boston Celtics @ Houston Rockets – Tuesday, Feb. 11 @ 9:30 pm ET
Toyota Center – Houston, TX
TV: TNT (National), ATTSN-SW (Houston), NBCSB (Boston)
Radio: 790 KBME and 740 KTRH/850 KEYH and 101.7 F (Houston), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Boston)
Online streaming: fuboTV, NBA League Pass
Tickets: StubHub

Betting Odds

Injury Report

Houston Rockets
OUT: Eric Gordon (left shin contusion), Bruno Caboclo (sore left knee)
*Rockets report via Rotoworld

Boston Celtics 
OUT: Robert Williams (left hip bone edema)
PROBABLE: Jaylen Brown (ankles)

*Celtics report via team Twitter

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*Injuries will be updated here if any more are reported.