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(36-15) Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets (26-23)
Date: Monday January 29
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -1
NBA Betting Total: 204
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Monday January 29, the Boston Celtics arrive at the Pepsi Center to complete their four game road trip versus the Denver Nuggets. Boston lost their last match versus the Golden State Warriors and are 1-2 on the west trip. Conversely the Nuggets beat the Mavericks to extend their current win streak to three.
Last season, Denver swept Boston, but the Celtics took the first match this season 124-118. The Celtics holds the all-time record having bested the Nuggets 53 of their 87 matches.
Including this game the Celtics still have eight opposite coast road games to complete. Moreover, the Celtics hold of the top spot in the Eastern Conference is precarious. In fact a loss tonight would drop the squad to second by virtue of winning percentage.
With five losses in their past six games Boston need the All-Star Break possibly more than any other home court seed. Arguably, this regression should’ve been expected given how few opposite coast road games Boston has played.
While Kyrie Irving’s former team struggles to find defensive prowess the Celtic’s star is leading his young teammates. Despite the recent losses Irving has been brilliant averaging 30 points, 5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and is shooting 44% from deep (11 of 25).
Clearly Brad Stevens needs time with his charges as the Celtics rank 29th offensively in the month of January. The problem for this squad is when they increase pace to score more their defense falls off.
Case in point, in December Boston delivered the 12th ranked offense but this resulted in their defense allowing 7.1 more points (104.0) than their top ranked January defense (96.9).
Although defense wins championships, if the squad can’t score it will be just as difficult to win. Especially since opponents will gang up on Irving in the postseason.
Marcus Smart punched a picture frame lacerating his hand and will miss two weeks of action. Guerschon Yabusele (ankle) is also questionable.
Home is definitely where the heart is for the Denver Nuggets. They boast a 19-6 win-loss record at the Pepsi Center or 73 percent of their wins. On a current three game win streak the Nuggets beat the Blazers, Knicks and Mavericks in succession.
Canadian guard Jamal Murray is on a terror showcasing his scoring prowess and offensive versatility. During the three game win streak Murray is averaging 23.6 points, 5.3 assists, 5 rebounds and 52.9 percent from deep (9 of 17).
While the Nuggets rank 12th offensively, their defense remains a concern. Moving forward the injury to DeMarcus Cousins likely affects the Nuggets, Clippers and Jazz the most as they all vie for playoff seeds.
Denver currently hold the eighth seed and if they can continue to improve defensively until Millsap’s return (late February) it should bolster their postseason chances.
Wilson Chandler (illness) left the Mavericks game, but is expected to play. Kenneth Faried (ankle) has missed the past three games and is questionable for this game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-2 in Celtics last 10 games as an underdog.
- Under is 8-1 in Nuggets last 9 overall.
- Under is 8-1 in Nuggets last 9 games as a favorite.
- Celtics are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Denver.
- Under is 7-1 in Nuggets last 8 home games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
Although the Celtics boast the best January defense they are on the final game of a road trip in the high altitude of Denver facing a confident squad on a win streak.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets -1
I can’t remember (though I’m sure it’s occurred) a time this entire season the Celtics haven’t been favored facing a team this far below them in the standings. Simple math has Boston reeling and Denver ascending, so I’m sticking with the trends.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Nuggets 104 – Celtics 97
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