On the back of what should be considered the Denver Nuggets’ best performance of the season, against the reigning champs nonetheless, the team takes their momentum eastward bound to Boston. The game against the Celtics is set for a 5 p.m. tip-off MST.
The injury list grew for Denver during their last game against L.A., with Paul Millsap now listed as day-to-day alongside Will Barton and Monte Morris. Gary Harris and PJ Dozier are still listed as “out” ahead of the clash. For Boston, the list is minimal, with Romeo Langford out and Daniel Theis day-to-day.
The Betting Lines (Subject to change):
- The Nuggets are +3 point underdogs
- Denver now at +3.5 dogs
- Moneyline for Denver is +128 and remains +128
- Celtics ML is -150
- The point total is set at 220.5
Betting trends thanks to Covers.com:
- Over is 5-0 in Nuggets last 5 Tuesday games
- Over is 4-1 in Nuggets last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Over is 6-1 in Celtics last 7 games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points
- Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Nuggets are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston
Denver, at least for the time being, has got themselves back on track. Three wins on the trot against the Cavaliers, Thunder, and the Lakers mean they won themselves breathing room at 7th in the West at the moment. Boston, meanwhile, is on a two-game losing streak with their most recent loss coming against the Washington Wizards. If one were to bet strictly off results, Denver would hand down be the safer bet.
With a growing injury report for Denver, though, this might be a closer game than some are imagining. Denver shot immensely well from the floor, and played what looked like the best defense fans have seen this season from start to finish. When Millsap went out, the rookies stepped up. R.J. Hampton is still struggling to find his scoring touch, but his effort all over the court and especially on the glass has been stellar.
On the contrary, Zeke Nnaji has hit the ground running with the minutes that have been given to him. From deep he’s been the second coming of Steph Curry for the Nuggets, shoots without hesitation, and knocks down most of what has been given to him. He was also tasked with guarding Lebron James and with the help of the team was able to assure he didn’t get the Lakers back into the game. I’d look for him to have even more minutes with Paul Millsap looking unlikely for this match tonight, being made to guard either Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown.
As always, expect a contest from the Celtics. They’ve had their struggles this season but the performance against the Lakers, albeit without Anthony Davis for a fair chunk of game, is enough to think that the Nuggets will win this first matchup on the road.
Now, go bless those betting platforms with your money… until you win that stuff back with brilliant bets!