Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets Spread and Prediction

Two teams from opposing conferences but occupying playoff spots are clashing tonight, when the Denver Nuggets (26-23), fighting for a playoff spot in the West, are hosting the East leaders Boston Celtics (35-15), who want to bounce back and secure the top of the Eastern conference.

Date/Time:  01-29-2018, 21:00 EDT

Spread: Denver Nuggets -1.5

Total: +204

Nuggets have a 26-23 record (21-25-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 8th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Mavericks with a 91-89 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 17.3 ppg, followed by Jamal Murray with 16.2 ppg. Nikola Jokic follows with 16.1 ppg and team highs both in rebounding, with 10.5 per game and in assists made, with 5.3 per game.

Celtics have a 35-15 record (29-19-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the East. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Warriors with a 105-109 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 24.8 ppg, adding 5 assists per game. He is followed by Jaylen Brown with 14.2 ppg and 5.5 rebounds, while Al Horford adds 13.4 ppg and team highs both in rebounding with 7.9 and in assists made, with 5.2 per game.

In their previous meeting earlier this season, Celtics won at home with a 124-118 score. Nuggets are 19-6 at home so far this season, while Celtics are 16-7 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 106.1 ppg to Celtics’ 102.9, while Celtics are better defensively, allowing a second-best 98.5 ppg to Nuggets’ 105.5. Nuggets have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46% to Celtics’ 44.7%, while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.6% to Nuggets’ 35.9%. Nuggets are better in rebounding, grabbing 45.2 to Celtics’ 44.4 and in assists made (23.6 to 21.9), while Celtics are better in turnovers committed (14.2 to 15.7). Celtics have been struggling lately but so do the Nuggets. Vegas odds give Nuggets a -1.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick Celtics for the road win tonight.

Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets Prediction: Boston Celtics +1.5 (-109)

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