Denver Nuggets (15-12) at Boston Celtics (23-6)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -8 -- Over/Under: 206 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in NBA action at the TD Garden.
The Denver Nuggets look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 107.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Will Barton is averaging 16.1 points and 3.2 assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds. Gary Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Jamal Murray is dishing 2.3 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Boston Celtics look to keep the ball rolling after winning 16 of their last 20 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 97.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.7 points and 4.8 assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. Al Horford is the third double-digit scorer and Jayson Tatum is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won four straight home games.
The Nuggets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Celtics are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 home games, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Nuggets are 4-11 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Boston, the home team is 17-7 ATS in the last 24 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston.
I'm assuming Kyrie is going to play in this game for the line to be this big. If that's the case, the Celtics should win this game by double digits. The Nuggets aren't good on the road, are still without their top two players and are on the end of a back to back. Boston's defense will make it tough to score points and should be able to run away with things in the second half. Give me Boston in a comfortable victory, if Kyrie plays.