BOS vs HOU Dream11 NBA Team Prediction – Fantasy Team News
Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics
Match Timing: December 28, 2018, @ 06:30 AM IST
NBA Regular Season
Venue – Toyota Center
BOS vs HOU Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
An intriguing battle in NBA awaits as two giants collide when Houston Rockets play host to Boston Celtics at Toyota Center, in Houston Texas, on Friday morning (IST).
For the first time this season, Houston Rockets played without Chris Paul and managed to win a game. Rockets were 0-9 before the clash against Miami when they didn’t have the former Los Angeles Clippers in their matchday squad. But a 108-101 home win ended that unwanted streak against one of their biggest rivals in San Antonio Spurs.
Now with Paul ruled out for at least two weeks with a hamstring problem, Rockets have no option but to persist in his absence. They faced another Goliath of Western Conference last time, Oklahoma City Thunder at home, which was also the 2nd of their current three home-game series.
Rockets would have liked to have Paul in their ranks against Thunder who are one of the most consistent teams in NBA this season. Both Paul George and Russell Westbrook have proved to be too irresistible for most of the teams.
But James Harden is on a roll and he is the biggest reason why Rockets have put the misery of the early season to the grave. The reigning NBA MVP dropped 41 points against Thunder and helped his team to win the seventh game in the last 8 matches. This was the 7th game in a row where Harden scored 30 points or more, which is his personal record.
It was not long ago when Rockets were reeling at the foot of the Western Conference after winning just once in the first six games and were 11-14 in December. But as things stand, they are 18-15 and are 7th in the table.
The Greens clutched the wins away from the jaws of defeat against Philadelphia 76ers. And they had a familiar name to thank for their 2nd consecutive win.
Boston Celtics were staring down at the barrel when Wilson Chandler buried a three-pointer deep in the fourth quarter to take Sixers to 108 against Celtics’ 106. But Kyrie Irving had the ball and he dribbled and then produced a clutch shot to level the score and forced the game into the overtime.
The 76ers, however, continued to dazzle as they pulled five points clear in the overtime with only less than four minutes to go. But the game in favour of visitors at 112-114, Irving took over the match. The former Cleveland Cavaliers star took the full advantage of the little space, jumped and buried a three-pointer to put his side ahead. JJ Redick’s missed attempt from the far corner bounced off the rim, and Celtics were quick to pounce upon the rebound, passed the ball to Irving and bang. The game, done and dusted, not much time for Philadelphia to add more drama to the script.
Regular Season Record-
Houston Rockets: W-18, L-15
Boston Celtics: W-20, L-13
Players to watch out for:
James Harden – At the moment he looks a total class apart. The ony player to average in the 30s this season is James Harden. He is reigning champion and believe it or not, the last 10 games have seen him dropping points at 34.6 per game. The numbers are insane and if he keep pouring at this rate, there will be no stopping him from winning the 2nd NBA MVP consecutive award.
Clint Capela – Houston look well-oiled this seaosn and the reason could be the form of Clint Capela. The 24-year-old has taken some pressure off Chris Paul with his consistent showing. No wonder, he has played the most games for Rockets this season.
Kyrie Irving – The man for the big occasions and somebody who more often than not turns up when the going gets tough for his team. Nobody will ever forget his three-pointer in the 2016 NBA finals which Cavaliers their first and the only NBA championship to date.
Now with Celtics, the 26-year-old is scoring points at 22.7 per game.
Jayson Tatum – One of the biggest young talents in NBA, Jayson Tatum has got the praise from all corners of the world for his display on the court. Still just 20, his average of 16.8 points per game doesn’t do justice to his importance and contribution to the team.
BOS vs HOU Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury during the 101-99 loss against Miami Heat. The former Los Angeles Clippers star has been ruled out for at least next two weeks.
He joins James Ennis III (muscle injury) and Carmelo Anthony (illness) in the treatment room.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None
Injured – The Greens have their own issues in this department. Aron Baynes (Hand Injury), Jabari Bird (Personal reasons) and Al Horford (Knee injury) all have been ruled out of this match with their respective injuries.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Suspended – None.
BOS vs HOU Dream11 Teams (Probables):
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INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
A potential NBA finals, this match could be a spectacle considering the form and the profile of both the teams. But Rockets are at home where they have a solid record this season, and we back them to win this game.
NOTE: THIS BOS vs HOU Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.