Two squads sitting on the top-5 places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the fifth in the East Boston Celtics (43-27), are hosting the second in the West Denver Nuggets (46-22), with both teams having won their last two and three games respectively and are looking to extend those winning streaks.
Date/Time: 03-18-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -3.5
Boston Celtics have a 43-27 record (34-35-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Hawks with a 129-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.6 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and a team high 7.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 16.1 ppg and 6.2 boards per game.
Denver Nuggets have a 46-22 record (36-32 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Pacers with a 102-100 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 20.3 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.6 and in boards grabbed with 10.7 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.3 ppg, 4.2 boards and 4.9 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Nuggets won at home with a 115-107 score. Celtics have a 26-10 home record, while the Nuggets are 16-16 on the road. Celtics are better offensively, scoring 112.8 ppg to Nuggets’ 112, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 107 ppg to Celtics’ 107.5. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (46.9% to 46.6%), while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage (36.5% to 35.6%). Nuggets are better both in boards grabbed (46.6 to 44.7) and in dimes made (27.8 to 26.5) and both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (12.7 to 13). Celtics are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a mediocre on the road Nuggets team.
Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -3.5 (-105)
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