NBA Pick: Denver Nuggets vs. Boston Celtics
Date/Time: December 6th, 7:30 p.m. ET
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Denver -5
As sad as it is, the Boston Celtics are leading the Atlantic Division with just eight wins in 20 games. They’ll try to improve upon that on Friday night in NBA betting action against the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggs have had a mixed back of results here on the East Coast. They beat the snot out of the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets, but they were crushed two nights ago by the Cleveland Cavaliers. This trip is nowhere near over yet, as after tonight’s game, they have to head to the City of Brotherly Love for a duel with the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow. When you look at the stats for Denver, you see typical Denver stats. G Ty Lawson is leading the way with 19.3 points per game, and no one else really stands out off the page. However, five other players are averaging at least 10 points per game and two others still are averaging at least 8.6 points per game, and three others yet are averaging at least five points per game. That’s the typical balanced attack we’ve come to know and love from Head Coach George Karl. This year’s team seems to be heavy on the offensive glass as well, which is helping keeping that scoring average up.
It’s almost a joke at this point that Boston is leading the Atlantic Division. The whole Eastern Conference outside of the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat stinks, and most of the teams stink relatively equally. The Celtics are one of these teams trying to tank to get into the lottery, and since they have possession of the Brooklyn Nets’ first round pick as well, there’s a good chance that they are going to be able to reform their franchise next year. Still, when you look at the rotation of players we’re talking about, you just have to shake your head and wonder how this team is winning anything. F Jeff Green is the best scorer the team has, and he is surrounded by F Brandon Bass, C Jared Sullinger, F Gerald Wallace, and C Kris Humphries in the frontcourt. The backcourt is no better with G Jordan Crawford, G Avery Bradley, and G Courtney Lee playing the majority of the minutes. Sure, things will look better whenever G Rajon Rondo gets back on the court, but this team, in general, just isn’t all that talented.
The Celtics might be awful, but the one thing that they are in this game is the home team. They still play tough defense, and Head Coach Brad Stevens deserves a lot of credit for turning a team that was about as talented as his team at Butler into one which legitimately might contend for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this year. Denver’s road record is paltry at best, and this is going to be one of these rare cases when someone from the big, bad West gets beaten by someone from the weak East. Boston 94 – Denver 90