Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets
The Boston Celtics are 5-point road favorites over the Denver Nuggets.Â The over/under total for the game is listed at 203.Â The Denver Nuggets will be without the services of Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony who were traded to the New York Knicks earlier this week.
Despite playing with just nine players on Tuesday against Memphis, the Nuggets registered a 120-107 victory against the Grizzlies as 1-point home favorites. The win and cover lifted Denvers home record to 23-7 overall and 15-15 against the spread. The combined 227 points went er the 205 -point closing total, enabling the er to improve to 17-13 at home and 31-27 overall. J.R. Smith’s 26 points helped short-handed Denver defeat the Grizzlies hours after the Nuggets finalized a blockbuster deal that sent Anthony and Billups to the New York Knicks for Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick. Denver also acquired center Kosta Koufos from the Timberwolves. The Nuggets have 24 more games to reassemble the pieces in an effort to make the playoffs for an eighth straight season. The team entered the night in seventh place in the Western Conference, just ahead of Memphis and Utah.
Boston has the best record in the Eastern Conference at 41-14 overall and 27-28 against the spread. Boston ran its winning streak to three games with Tuesdays 115-93 shelling of the Golden State Warriors as a 4-point road favorite. It was Bostons first game on a four-game West Coast trip.Â The Celtics are 16-9 on the road this year and 14-11 against the spread.Â The Celtics lead the NBA in defense only allowing 91.2 points per game.Â The Celtics rank 19th in offense, scoring 98.2 points per game.
Boston and Denver have met once this season with the Celtics recording a 105-89 victory as seven-point home favorites. Though the combined 194 points went der the 204-point closing total, the er is still 8-3 in the last 11 series meetings.
I am taking the Celtics minus the 5 points in this one.Â The new players on Denver will need time to mesh together.Â I believe that the Celtics should win this game very easily.
Boston Celtics-5 Denver Nuggets