Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets Preview
Though the Broncos and Rockies haven’t given the fans along the Front Range much to cheer about lately, this is shaping up as a pretty interesting late spring/early summer in the region with the Avs and Nuggets both looking like serious title threats. Especially Michael Malone’s bunch, now considered one of the favorites in the NBA since the deadline deal that landed Aaron Gordon, and “The Joker” already a top contender for MVP honors. The pieces are in place; into this last week, the new Denver lineup of Gordon, Jokic, Michael Porter Jr., Will Barton, and Jamal Murray had a breathtaking +32.7 net rating. Spreads are beginning to predictably inflate, but even so, Denver has covered 6 of 8 and hasn’t lost a game outright since March 24 vs. the Raptors (yes, that really happened), winning eight straight since.
|535/536||Score||Line||PR||GS Line||Avg. PR||Avg. OPR||SUR (H/A)||ATS (H/A)||O/U (H/A)||Pts. Diff. (H/A)||Avg. Ln. (H/A)|
|Boston||99||6||4||8||16-9 / 10-15||14-11 / 10-15||10-15 / 15-10||+4.2 / -0.4||-3.5 / -0.5|
|Denver||111||NL||5 (2)||-3||5||8||18-9 / 16-9||12-15 / 14-11||16-10 / 14-11||+6.4 / +4.6||-5.5 / -2.5|
In past years we might have been tempted to take Boston in this spot, but the Celtics have yet to kick-on this term, and needed 53 points from Jayson Tatum just to get an OT win over the lowly T-wolves to finish the just-completed long homestand with a winning SU mark (4-3). Brad Stevens might also be re-thinking his recent decision to hand over PG duties ex-Texas Aggie Robert Williams III, whose first few starts were encouraging but whose assist numbers dropped alarmingly (along with his scoring) the past week. And just when recently added ex-Magic wing Evan Fournier was beginning to contribute, he has had to sit the past three games due to protocols. This is also a payback spot for Denver, which lost 112-99 at TD Garden back on Feb. 16 when Jokic (scored 43) tallied almost half of the Nuggets’ points by himself. On Sunday, expect him to get a bit more help. “Totals” alert–Boston had been “under” seven in a row before Friday’s wild OT battle vs. the Timberwolves.
NBA Prediction: Play Nuggets and Nuggets-Celtics “Under” (updated NBA Odds from Vegas)
|Last 5 Games||PF/PA||Pts. Diff.||Avg. PR||Avg. OPR||Avg. Ln.||SUR (H/A)||ATS (H/A)||O/U (H/A)|
|Boston||115.2 / 105.8||+9.4||6||10||-6.5||4-1 / 0-0||3-2 / 0-0||1-4 / 0-0|
|Denver||116.2 / 107.4||+8.8||5||9||-8||4-0 / 1-0||2-2 / 1-0||3-1 / 0-1|
|04-07-21||New York||+3||208||99-101||04-07-21||San Anton.||-5||219||106-96|
|04-02-21||Houston||+12||223||102-118||04-01-21||@ LA Clippe.||-2||220||94-101|
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