Friday, March 10, 2017
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The Boston Celtics head to Pepsi Center to take on the Denver Nuggets on Friday, March 10, 2017. The opening line for this game has Boston as 3.5 point favorites.
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The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 41-24. They are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 2.4 as they are averaging 107.7 points per game while giving up 105.3 per contest. The Nuggets have an overall record of 29-35. They currently are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 110.6 points per game and surrendering 111.4, good for a point differential of -0.8.
Al Horford comes into this game averaging 13.9 points per contest while playing 32.7 minutes per night so far this year for the Celtics. He pulls down 6.6 rebounds per contest and dishes out 4.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Isaiah Thomas averages 29.4 points per game in 34.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.1 assists per contest and 2.7 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 91%.
Wilson Chandler averages 16.1 points per game while playing 31.1 minutes per contest this year for the Nuggets. He grabs 6.6 rebounds per game and has 2.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 74%. Nikola Jokic averages 15.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 27.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.2 rebounds per contest and 4.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 58% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
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Boston averages 107.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 2.42 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 17th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 41.6 rebounds per game and 24.9 assists per game which ranks them 27th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 13 per game. The Celtics allow 105.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 14th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 13th and 2nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.8 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 14 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the league.
Denver averages 110.6 points per game this year which ranks them 4th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.73 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 7th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 7th in the NBA. They average 46.3 rebounds per game and 24.8 assists per contest which ranks them 1st and 4th respectively. In the turnover department the Nuggets rank 5th with 15.4 per game. The Nuggets allow 111.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 27th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 40.2 rebounds a game which ranks 1st and they give up 24.5 assists per contest which puts them in 28th place in the league. The Nuggets force 12.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the NBA.
The Celtics have an offensive rating of 111.2 and a defensive rating of 108.7. In terms of pace they average 96.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 52%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they shoot 3 pointers on 39% of their shots. Boston turns the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Nuggets rating on offense is 112.5 and they have a defensive rating of 113.2. They get 97.9 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 53%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempt 3 pointers on 32% of their shot attempts. Denver turns the ball over on 13.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 54%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 33-30-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 30-34-1 against the over/under
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 33-30-1 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 41-22-1 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
03/08/17 G James Young Tailbone "?" Friday vs. Denver
Denver Nuggets Injuries
03/09/17 F Danilo Gallinari Illness "?" Friday vs. Boston
03/08/17 C Nikola Jokic Illness "?" Friday vs. Boston
03/04/17 G Mo Williams Knee out for season
02/28/17 F Kenneth Faried Back expected to miss 7-10 days
Tony's Pick: Take Boston -3.5
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