Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 1/1/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Sunday, January 1, 2023
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Ball Arena is the location where the Denver Nuggets will try to beat the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
The Celtics played the Clippers and took home the win by a score of 116-110 in their last contest. In the matter of personal fouls, the Celtics finished with 17 while the Clippers totaled 20 personal fouls. They also knocked down 15 of their 39 attempts from beyond the perimeter. Los Angeles finished shooting 64.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 9 of their 14 tries. On top of that, Los Angeles snagged 41 rebounds (8 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Los Angeles recorded 26 dimes and had 4 steals in this matchup. In terms of the defense, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 48.3% from the floor on 43 out of 89 shooting. They also recorded 22 assists for this game in addition to creating 12 turnovers and getting 3 steals. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they collected 49 with 11 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Celtics converted 17 of their 22 attempts for a rate of 77.3%. Boston ended with a 48.4% field goal percentage (44 out of 91) and converted 11 of their 39 3-point attempts.
Jaylen Brown is a guy who was a contributor in the matchup. Brown walked away from this one shooting 48.0% from the field and recorded 2 assists. He was on the hardwood for 33 minutes and also grabbed 7 rebounds. He was able to score 29 points on 12 out of 25 shooting.
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Boston will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 25-10 for the season. They lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per game and as a group are committing 19.5 fouls per contest. As a team, Boston is grabbing 43.7 rebounds per contest and has tallied 930 dimes this year, which is 6th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Celtics are connecting on 37.8% on shots from downtown (560 of 1,481) and 82.8% from the charity stripe. They average 118.9 points per game (1st in the NBA) while going 47.9% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Celtics are forcing 13.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.2 fouls. They give up 35.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 12th in the league in opponents points per game (112.1). The Celtics are allowing a FG percentage of 46.5% (1,469 of 3,158) and they surrender 44.6 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 2nd in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 773 relinquished on the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Nuggets took a loss by a score of 127-126 when they faced the Kings. When discussing cleaning the glass, Denver allowed Sacramento to snag 34 in all (11 on the offensive side). They finished shooting 45.2% from 3-point land by shooting 14 out of 31 and ended up shooting 19 out of 25 from the free throw line (76.0%). The Nuggets allowed the Kings to bury 47 out of 89 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 52.8% for the contest. When all was said and done, the Nuggets went 49 for 85 from the field which had them sitting at 57.6%. With regard to shots from distance, Denver buried 12 of their 27 attempts (44.4%). They were able to convert 16 of them for a rate of 88.9%. The Kings were called for 17 personal fouls for the contest which got the Nuggets to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They turned the ball over 16 times, while earning 6 steals in this contest. The Nuggets earned 27 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 in this matchup.
Nikola Jokic was important for the Nuggets for this contest. He converted 15 out of 24 in the game giving him a rate of 62.5%, and had 7 rebounds. Jokic racked up 40 points in his 32 minutes of playing time and had 6 dimes in this contest.
Denver has a win-loss record of 22-12 on the campaign. When it comes to executing on offense, the Nuggets are hitting on 50.6% from the field, which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. Denver has scored 3,950 pts for the campaign (116.2 per contest) and they pull down 43.0 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 28.5 times per game (2nd in the NBA) and they cough up possession 15.1 times per contest. The Nuggets are committing 19.5 personal fouls per game and they shoot 74.3% from the charity stripe.
The Denver defense gives up 36.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (427 of 1,173) and opponents are connecting on 75.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 26.4 dimes and 40.0 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 28th and 2nd in basketball. The Nuggets are ranked 17th in the league in points allowed per game with 114.2. They have forced 13.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.7% from the field (27th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston
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