24 Jan

2024 NBA picks, January 21 predictions from proven model

The Houston Rockets will face off against the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday at the Toyota Center. Houston is 20-21 overall and 16-6 at home, while Boston is 32-10 overall and 12-9 on the road. The Celtics are 15-5 in their last 20 games, while the Rockets are 2-5 in their last seven contests.

The Celtics are favored by 11 points in the latest Rockets vs. Celtics odds, and the over/under is set at 227 points. Before entering any Celtics vs. Rockets picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 13 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 42-23 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning nearly $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Boston vs. Houston. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for the game:

Rockets vs. Celtics spread: Rockets +11
Rockets vs. Celtics over/under: 227 points
Rockets vs. Celtics money line: Rockets: +428, Celtics: -588
Rockets vs. Celtics picks: See picks here
What you need to know about the Rockets
The Rockets had to suffer through a three-game losing streak, but that streak is no more. In a tight game that could have gone either way, Houston made off with a 127-126 victory over Utah.

The Rockets can attribute much of their success to Alperen Sengun, who dropped a double-double with 37 points and 14 rebounds. Another player making a difference was Jabari Smith, who dropped a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

What you need to know about the Celtics
Meanwhile, the Celtics unfortunately witnessed the end of their three-game winning streak on Friday. They fell just short of Denver by a score of 102-100. The Celtics didn’t live up to their potential and found themselves falling short of the advantage oddsmakers thought they had coming into the game.

Even though the team lost, the Celtics still had their share of impressive performances. One of the most dominant came from Derrick White, who scored 24 points along with five assists. He continues to roll, besting his previous point total in each of the last three games he’s played.

How to make Rockets vs. Celtics picks
The model has simulated Rockets vs. Celtics 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that hits in well over 60% of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

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