Two teams sitting in the top-5 places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the East leaders Boston Celtics (23-6), are hosting the Denver Nuggets (15-12), who still haven’t found their footing after missing their frontcourt starters to injury.
Date/Time: 12-13-2017, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -6.5
Celtics have a 23-6 record (20-8-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the first place of the East. They have lost two of their last three and in their last game they suffered a shocking road loss against Chicago with an 85-108 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.7 ppg, adding 4.8 assists per game. He is followed by Jaylen Brown with 14.6 ppg and 5.9 rebounds, while Al Horford adds 14 ppg and team highs both in assists with 5.3 and in rebounds, with 8 per game.
Nuggets have a 15-12 record (11-16 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the 5th place of the West. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won on the road against Detroit with a 103-84 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Will Barton with 15.6 ppg, adding 5.3 rebounds. He is followed by Nikola Jokic with 15.5 ppg, adding a team high 10.6 rebounds per game but he is unavailable duo to injury, while Gary Harris adds 15.1 ppg.
Denver won both meetings against Boston last season (by 20 points at home and by 16 points on the road). Celtics are 12-2 at home, while Nuggets are 5-10 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 107.1 ppg to Celtics’ 103.2, while Celtics have the best defense in the league, allowing 97.3 ppg to Nuggets’ 106.8. Nuggets have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.1% to Celtics’ 44.7% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.9% to Celtics’ 36.4%. Celtics are better in rebounding, grabbing 45.3 to Nuggets’ 44.9 and in turnovers committed (14.3 to 15.8), while Nuggets are better in assists made (23.2 to 22.2). Nuggets have been really ineffective on the road and Vegas odds give Celtics a -6.5 spread which they are expected to beat for a relatively easy home victory.
Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -6.5 (-108)
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