NBA basketball: Houston Rockets at Boston Celtics -10
The Celtics are stumbling since reeling off 18 straight wins going into their Christmas Day match-up with the Lakers. Their loss to L.A. set off a run that has included five losses versus only two wins. Keep in mind, however, that after back-to-back losses to the Lakers and Warriors, the Celtics rebounded for a 45-point win over Sacramento (of course, it was the lowly Kings). Nonetheless, expect Boston to rebound here with a big effort especially on defense. Houston has had problems of its own, especially with the questionable status of Tracy McGrady. In this spot, give the nod for a huge home effort to Boston. Celtics -10.