Denver Nuggets at Boston Celtics NBA Picks 3/18/2019
Monday, March 18, 2019
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The Denver Nuggets travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Monday, March 18, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has Boston as 3.5 point favorites.
The Nuggets have a record of 46-22. They are 1st in the Northwest Division. They have a point differential of 5.0 as they average 112.0 points per game while giving up 107.0 per contest. The Celtics have an overall mark of 43-27. They currently are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They total 112.8 points per contest and give up 107.5, which is a point differential of 5.3.
Valuable Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 36-32-0 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 30-38-0 against the over/under
Important Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 33-35-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 39-31-0 against the over/under
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
03/16/19 SF Gordon Hayward Neck left game, is questionable Monday vs Denver
Jamal Murray averages 18.3 points per game in 33.1 minutes per contest. He averages 4.9 assists per contest and 4.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%. Nikola Jokic comes into this contest averaging 20.3 points per game while playing 31.4 minutes per night. He pulls down 10.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is at 84%.
Kyrie Irving averages 23.6 points per game and he sees the court an average of 32.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.1 rebounds per contest and 7.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 87%. Jayson Tatum averages 16.1 points per game while playing 31.1 minutes per contest. He grabs 6.2 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 87%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Nuggets allow 107.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 16th and 7th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 41.8 rebounds a game which ranks 1st, and they give up 24.8 assists per contest which puts them in 18th place in the league. They force 13.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the league. Denver averages 112.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 15th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 5.0 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 11th in the league. They average 46.6 rebounds per game and 27.8 assists per contest, which ranks them 6th and 2nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 24th with 13.6 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Celtics surrender 107.5 points per contest, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 4th and 3rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 7th with 23.2 assists allowed per contest, and 20th with 45.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Celtics are 24th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.4 per game. Boston is 12th in the league with 112.8 points per game this year. They are 12th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 5.3. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 6th in the NBA. They are 21st in the league in rebounding with 44.7 boards per game and 6th in assists per contest with 26.5. The Celtics are 28th in turnovers per game with 13.1.
The Nuggets are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 109, and their offensive rating of 114 is ranked 12th. They are 27th in the NBA in pace with 97.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 10th. As a unit they are 14th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 15th in the NBA. Denver is 24th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 15th in the NBA.
Boston is 27th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 21st in the NBA. The Celtics are 8th in the league in defensive rating with 107.2, and their offensive rating of 112.5 is ranked 5th. They are 17th in the NBA in pace with 99.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 3rd. As a unit they are 9th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 8th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Nuggets/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Boston -3.5
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