The Boston Celtics will face off against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the NBA finals in Houston on Sunday.
This is the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Celtics and Rockets have met in the playoffs.
The teams will meet again on April 12 in Houston.
What are the odds of the Celtics winning Game 1?
Boston is a team with a lot of potential, but it’s not likely to win the series.
The Celtics have played eight straight games against the Rockets.
The Rockets have a .867 winning percentage against the Celtics in their last seven.
Boston has been a dominant offensive team in the postseason, but Houston has a much tougher defensive game than the Celtics have shown in recent years.
The only time the Rockets have played a team that could be called a contender was in 2011, when they won the Western Conference finals.
The team that came out of that series was a team led by former NBA MVP Stephen Curry.
Curry averaged 32.7 points per game as a rookie, and he was the league MVP in 2011.
Houston has the second-worst defense in the league, giving up 105.6 points per 100 possessions.
It’s not that Houston has played poorly, it’s just that the Rockets are much more of a defensive team than Boston has shown this postseason.
Boston will have some help from its star duo of Al Horford and Gordon Hayward.
Horford is coming off back-to-back 30-point games, and Hayward has been the league’s best rebounder in each of the past two seasons.
Hayward’s ability to get to the rim and score will be vital in Game 2.
What is the Houston game score?
The Rockets are the defending NBA champions, and the Boston Celtics have the third-best record in the Western conference.
Both teams have lost four of their past five.
Boston is averaging 110.5 points per contest, while Houston is averaging 107.8.
This game is a must-win for both teams, and it’s one that is sure to be close.
The outcome will determine who takes home the NBA championship.