Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- The Boston Celtics sit 7th in the Eastern Conference and look to win their 7th game in a row!
- The Denver Nuggets are 6th in the West, now looking to win their 3rd game in a row.
- The Celtics swept their season series with the Nuggets last season, 2-0.
Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics Odds
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Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics Predictions and Pick
The Denver Nuggets have struggled in their recent meetings with Boston, but they have been on a solid run in their last two games. However, Boston’s offense is red hot at the moment and their paint defense should give them the edge against the Nuggets.
Boston Celtics def. Denver Nuggets
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Head-to-Head: Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics
|Denver Nuggets||Head-to-Head||Boston Celtics |
|Michael Malone||Head Coach||Brad Stevens|
|30-24 (6th in West)||Standing||31-25 (7th in East)|
|112.7 (8th of 30)||Off Rtg||110.6 (16th of 30)|
|110.6 (17th of 30)||Def Rtg||105.9 (3rd of 30)|
|96.9 (22nd of 30)||Pace||96.6 (24th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|N. Jokic (25.8)||PPG||J. Tatum (25.5)|
|N. Jokic (13.6)||RPG||R. Williams (9.5)|
|N. Jokic (7.9)||APG||M. Smart (5.4)|
|N. Jokic (1.4)||SPG||M. Smart (1.8)|
|N. Jokic (0.7)||BPG||R. Williams (2.2)|
|N. Jokic (.578)/N. Jokic (9.9)||FG%/FGM||R. Williams (.737)/J. Tatum (8.9)|
|Z. Nnaji (.493)/W. Barton (2.3)||3P%/3PM||G. Williams (.429)/J. Tatum (2.8)|
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|Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets||22 Jul 2021||Out (Knee)||Murray is recovering from a torn ACL and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Michael Porter Jr.||Denver Nuggets||29 Nov 2021||Out (Back)||Porter Jr. underwent back surgery and he is expected to miss the remainder of the season.|
|Vlatko Cancar||Denver Nuggets||7 Jan 2022||Out (Foot)||Cancar underwent surgery on his foot and will be re-evaluated in 12 weeks.|
|Austin Rivers||Denver Nuggets||9 Feb 2022||Day to Day (Hip)||Rivers was OUT in Denver’s Tuesday (Feb 8) game.|
How Can the Nuggets Beat the Celtics?
The Denver Nuggets are looking to extend their winning streak, but face a tough test in the Boston Celtics. Against one of the league’s most in-form offences, Denver’s defensive instincts need to be on point.
Denver aren’t exactly the most intimidating defensive unit. While they are very efficient scoring the ball, they tend to give up opportunities on the other end – to the tune of a 46.6% field goal percentage allowed.
In victories, the Nuggets force their opponents to shoot 44.4% from the field while forcing 13.7 turnovers per game. Keeping up with the Celtics won’t be easy, but it’ll be necessary to take a win from the Celtics.
Nuggets Key Player: (F) Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon drops the HAMMER 💥
Watch Now on NBA TV pic.twitter.com/xeQIkj5yKx
— NBA (@NBA) February 6, 2022
The Denver Nuggets thought that Aaron Gordon would be the piece that gets them over the hump in the Western Conference, but as with the entire team inconsistency hampers his success. He is a very capable player though, and a strong night from him does wonders for the Nuggets’ chances at victory.
Gordon is coming off of a game where he posted 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists on 8 of 12 shooting from the field. His three-point shot was on target that night, converting on 3 of his 5 attempts.
The Denver Nuggets need Gordon to score efficiently to take down the Celtics. But that doesn’t take away the fact that he’ll be asked to contain Boston’s scoring wings. It won’t be an easy night for the Nuggets big man.
How Can the Celtics Beat the Nuggets?
The Boston Celtics want to take advantage of their red-hot offence and surprisingly effective defence. While they’ve had a relatively beneficial schedule through their 6-game win streak, the Nuggets will be one of their toughest tests.
In their last game against the shorthanded Nets, the Celtics were unstoppable from the jump. Boston got off to a 28-2 run to start the game and never looked back. Against a Nuggets team with one of the slowest paces in the league, speed will be to Boston’s advantage.
It was Jaylen Brown who led the Celtics through the first quarter, but the tone he set helped his teammates succeed. If they can define the pace of the game early, the Nuggets could struggle to keep up.
Celtics Key Player: (G) Marcus Smart
another +3 pic.twitter.com/LFl1L63tnV
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 9, 2022
The Boston Celtics an be an up-and-down team, but when they have multiple contributors they’re a force to be reckoned with. In their last game, a victory over the Nets, Marcus Smart stepped up to support Boston’s scoring effort.
A streaky shooter, Smart was solid from the field in his last game. He posted 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting from the field, while also converting on 6 of his 13 three-point field goal attempts.
Smart was a team-leading plus-40 in his last game against the Nets. In order for the Celtics to come out with a victory, Smart must maintain his efficiency.
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How to Watch Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics
|Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics Information|
|Teams||Denver Nuggets vs. Boston Celtics|
|Location||TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, February 11th, 2022|
|How to Watch||NBA TV, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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