2013 NBA Regular Season:Boston Celtics at Houston RocketsNovember 19, 2013 by Marc Jerbs

On Tuesday, the Boston Celtics will face the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. This is the first matchup of the season for both teams. Tip off is set at 8PM ET.

The Houston Rockets have won four of their last five games. Center Dwight Howard has found his groove while playing alongside James Harden and Chandler Parson. Howard also has a noticeable improvement in his free throw shooting. He is shooting 53.1 percent from the line for the season. In their last three games, his free throw shooting average was 65.9%.

The Boston Celtics are mired in a three-game losing streak. Boston must find again their comfort zone if they want to beat Houston. This season, the Celtics have excelled in defending the 3-point shot; they have hold opponents to 30.2% in this area.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Houston Rockets as an 11-point favorite to beat the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.