Winners of seven straight games — and 10 of their last 11 — the Celtics will look to continue that hot streak Tuesday night against a tough Rockets squad.
The two teams haven't faced each other yet this season, but they'll face each other twice in the next three weeks: Tuesday's contest in Houston, followed by a Feb. 29 rematch in Boston.
And while the Celtics have run out some smaller lineups this season, no team is embracing the small-ball concept quite like the Rockets.
After trading Clint Capela to the Hawks at the NBA trade deadline, Houston has been starting 6-foot-5 P.J. Tucker at the center spot, with 6-foot-7 Robert Covington the tallest man in the starting lineup.
The Rockets are led by the 1-2 punch of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who both rank among the league's top eight scorers, combining to average 62.2 points per game.
As for the Celtics, Tuesday's contest continues an eight-game stretch against Western Conference opponents, which started with a 112-111 win over the Thunder Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City.
Here's how to watch the Celtics vs. Rockets, including NBC Sports Boston's pregame coverage, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: NBC Sports Boston
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ANALYSIS AND REACTION
BEFORE THE GAME: At 8:30 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Abby Chin, Chris Mannix, Mike Gorman, Brian Scalabrine, Kendrick Perkins, Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Chris Forsberg. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.
AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch a breakdown of the first two quarters on Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.
AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford for analysis, commentary and player reaction. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.
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