In this high caliber duel between the second-best teams of each conference, the 2nd in the East Boston Celtics (15-5), who have lost only once in their last 4 games, are hosting the 2nd in the West Denver Nuggets (14-5), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 12-06-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -3
Boston Celtics have a 15-5 record (12-6-2 against the spread) and are tied with the Raptors in the second place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Heat with a 112-93 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 21.9 ppg, adding 4.7 rebounds and a team high 5.1 assists per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 21 ppg and 7 rebounds per game.
Denver Nuggets have a 14-5 record (9-9-1 against the spread) and are sitting in the second place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Knicks with a 92-129 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jamal Murray with 18.5 ppg, adding 4.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He is followed by Nikola Jokic with 14.9 ppg and team highs both in rebounds with 10.1 and in assists made with 6.2 per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Nuggets won at home with a 96-92 score. Celtics are 8-0 at home, while the Nuggets are 6-2 on the road. Celtics are better offensively, scoring 110.8 ppg to Nuggets’ 107.3, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 101.4 ppg to Celtics’ 103.9. Nuggets have better percentages both in field goals (45.1% to 44.1%) and in 3-pointers (35.8% to 34.8%). They are also better both in rebounding (47 to 46.6) and in assists made (26.5 to 23.6), while Celtics are better in turnovers committed (13.1 to 13.9). Bookmakers give the Celtics a -3 spread and expect them to utilize the strong home court and beat the odds for win today.
Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -3 (-111)
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