Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 2/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (-1.5)
The Boston Celtics (13-13) host the Denver Nuggets (15-11) at TD Garden on Tuesday. Boston opens this game as 1.5-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 228.
The Denver Nuggets faced off with the Los Angeles Lakers and took home the win by a score of 122-105 in their last contest. Denver walked away from the contest with a 45.9% FG percentage (39 out of 85) and converted 19 out of their 47 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Nuggets made 25 of their 34 shots for a percentage of 73.5%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 47 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 28 assists in this contest while getting 6 steals and 4 blocks. In terms of defending, Denver let their opponent shoot 46.0% from the floor on 40 of 87 shooting. Los Angeles distributed 27 assists and had 4 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Lakers had 46 rebounds (8 offensive, 38 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Los Angeles finished 65.5% from the charity stripe by converting 19 of 29 tries. They also converted 6 of 28 shots from distance.
Jamal Murray is a guy who was a factor for this game. He finished with 25 points on 7 of 15 shooting. He played for 34:23 minutes played and also collected 6 rebounds. Murray ended up shooting 46.7% from the field and also dished out 4 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Nuggets was Nikola Jokić. He snagged 16 rebounds and also accumulated 10 dimes. He ended up going 47.1% from the floor in this matchup by going 8-of-17 (23 points). When the final whistle blew, Jokić was on the hardwood for 34:46 min.
Denver will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 15-11 for the season. They are turning it over 13.7 times per contest and as a team are committing 19.8 fouls per contest. As a team, Denver is pulling in 44.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 697 dimes for the campaign, which is 7th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Nuggets are connecting on 38.0% from downtown (345 of 909) and 77.0% from the charity stripe. They average 115.5 points per contest (4th in the NBA) on 47.9% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Nuggets have forced 14.7 turnovers per game and they draw 21.0 fouls. They currently rank 23rd in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 694 relinquished on the season. The Nuggets defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 47.0% (381 of 546) and they surrender 42.2 rebounds per contest as a unit. They surrender 36.3% on 3-pointers while they are 10th in basketball in points per game allowed (111.0).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Boston Celtics went home defeated by a final of 104-91 when they played the Washington Wizards. The Celtics earned 36 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 50 for the game. They also turned away 2 attempts while earning 5 steals for this contest. The Wizards committed 25 fouls in the game which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 30 tries. They were able to make 18 of them for a rate of 60.0%. When discussing shots from beyond the perimeter, Boston buried 9 out of 35 attempts (25.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Celtics went 32 for 90 from the floor which gave them a rate of 35.6%. The Celtics allowed the Wizards to make 33 of their 83 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 39.8% for the contest. They finished 23.3% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 7 out of 30 and ended up shooting 31 out of 36 from the free throw line (86.1%). In regard to team rebounding, Boston permitted Washington to pull down 54 overall (9 offensive).
Kemba Walker was important for the Celtics for this game. He made 9 out of 18 in this game for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which got him 25 points. Walker collected 7 boards in his 29:03 mins of playing time and earned 2 assists for the contest. One more player who came through for Boston was Jaylen Brown. He totaled 25 points in his 28:40 mins on the court by going 11 out of 21 from the floor in the game. Brown wrapped this one up going 52.4% from the floor and also totaling 2 assists and 7 total rebounds.
Boston has a mark of 13-13 for the season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Celtics are hitting on 46.0% from the field, which is 17th in the league. Boston has scored 2,862 pts for the season (110.1 per contest) and they average 44.1 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 22.0 times per contest (28th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.2 times per game. The Celtics are responsible for committing 20.8 personal fouls every game and they shoot 75.0% from the charity stripe. The Celtics on defense are ranked 6th in the league in PPG allowed with 109.3. They are forcing 14.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.7% from the floor (17th in basketball). The Boston defense gives up 35.7% on 3-point attempts (304 of 852) and their opponents are knocking down 78.6% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 23.5 assists and 42.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 7th and 8th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver (-1.5)
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