Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets, two teams near the playoffs with few victories necessary to reach post season. The Celtics are fifth in the Eastern Conference with high chances of reaching the playoffs, today they receive at home the number two of the Western Conference. The season for the Nuggets has been almost perfect, if not for the Warriors, the Nuggets would be number one in the conference. So far the Nuggets are close to the playoffs, with five or six more victories to be in the post season.
Boston Celtics: Beasts at home.
The Celtics this season have a record of 42 wins and 27 defeats, it’s been a good season for them. At home the record is also positive with 25-10, but with problems to win in the last ten games. 6-4 in the last ten, losses against Lakers 128-129, Clippers 112-123, Trail Blazers 92-97 and Houston Rockets 104-115. The first two defeats were unexpected against teams with little difficulty. The best thing about playing at home was the winning streak of 10 games between December and January.
At home the Celtics are scoring an average of 114.7 points per game, 43.37 FG points, 80.60% free throw shots, 12.71 three pointers and 27.66 assists. The defense is strong allowing only 106.2 points, 38.57 FG points, 11.37 three pointers and 22.89 assists.
The ATS record at home is 20-14-1, the last two games with one win but two losses in the ATS. The Celtics were favorites in both games, Rockets -2.0 and Kings -7.5, the team could not complete the points. The average points in the spread at home is -7.5 points. Against the Nuggets the record is 24-21 ATS, but 2-4-0 in the last six games since 2016. The last game was last year in November and the Celtics lost on the road 107-115 being underdogs.
Denver Nuggets: We are the surprise.
The Nuggets this season are as good as the Warriors, 45-22 overall in the season, including a win against the Warriors but with two defeats against the champions this season.
In the conference the Nuggets have been lethal with several winning streaks of four and up to six games without losing. In the Northwest Division the team is number one. On the road the record has remained stable at 16-16, since the beginning of the season with problems to win but since December those problems intensified winning just nine games in 21.
On the road the Nuggets are scoring an average of 107.9 points per game, 40.72 FG points, 73.6% free throw shots, 10.94 three pointers and 26.91 assists. The defense is slightly bad allowing up to 109.6 points per game, 40.28 FG points, 11.72 three pointers and 26.03 assists.
The ATS record is negative with 12-19-1, the last game on the road was a loss against the Warriors 105-122 and the Nuggets were underdogs with +7.0 in the spread. 3-6-1 in the last ten games in the spread.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets 03/18/2019 is: take the Boston Celtics -1.5 (Point Spread).
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