Nuggets vs. Celtics - 2/21/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (32-24) at Denver Nuggets (22-33)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +3 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, ALT
The Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets meet early Sunday afternoon at the Pepsi Center.
The Boston Celtics look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 105.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.6 points and 6.6 assists while Jae Crowder is averaging 14.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Jared Sullinger is dishing 2.3 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last 10 road games. Avery Bradley is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Denver Nuggets look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 100.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 103.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 19.9 points and 5.3 rebounds while Will Barton is averaging 15.5 points and 2.4 assists. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.9 rebounds and Emmanuel Mudiay is dishing 5.8 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won six of their last 10 home games.
The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nuggets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Celtics are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Denver and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Nuggets continue to compete hard and are starting to actually win games at home. The Celtics are the better team, but they have shown weakness outside of Boston. I'll take my free bucket with the home team.