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Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

There’s a big East vs. West battle on Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets host the Boston Celtics, with both teams wanting to further prove their credentials as title contenders.

The Nuggets, who currently sit third in the Western Conference, lost in overtime to the Phoenix Suns last time out but had won six in a row prior to that defeat.

Meanwhile, the Celtics are still top of the Eastern Conference, but Joe Mazzulla’s men go into this clash off the back of a defeat – going down 105-104 to the Cleveland Cavaliers

In what looks likely to be a fascinating clash, home court advantage could be key as Denver go in search of a third straight win over the Celtics.

Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets betting picks and predictions

Denver Nuggets Money Line (-105)

The Nuggets have a good recent record against the Celtics, including a 123-111 victory at the Ball Arena last season.

More impressive though was this campaign’s 102-100 success at the TD Garden back in January – which was the second lowest score of the season so far for the Celtics.

Denver have beaten the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings in the last 10 days, which has moved them to a 42-20 record.

Michael Malone’s Nuggets have been particularly impressive in Colorado, winning 24 of their 30 games on their home court.

This is the second game of a five-game run on the road for Boston, who still hold the best record in the NBA (48-13).

It’s just one defeat in their last 10 for the Celtics, but 10 of their 13 losses this season have come outside of Boston and the Nuggets look to match up well against the 17-time NBA champions.

Nikola Jokic Over 12.5 rebounds (-115)

The defending champions were always likely to find it tough to go back-to-back, especially with a lot of expectation on the shoulders of Nikola Jokic.

Last season’s Finals MVP has had his ups and downs in this campaign – enduring a difficult spell in December. But Jokic has bounced back in style, with the 29-year-old center currently beating last season’s points and rebounded averages.

The Serbian was the star of the show in this game last season when scoring 30 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists.

Jokic is third in rebounds per game this season, averaging 12.3, and he grabbed 12 rebounds in the win in Boston back in mid-January.

In 16 career games against the Celtics, ‘The Joker’ has averaged 22.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists.

Jaylen Brown Over 21.5 points (-115)

Considering their current position as the best team in the NBA, it might seem strange to see just one Celtics player in the top-20 in points per game this season.

That man is Jayson Tatum (10th), while you have to scroll down to 24th to find Jaylen Brown. The three-time NBA All Star is averaging 22.4 points per game, but has been more impressive of late – averaging 27.5 points across his last seven games.

Brown, who scored 21 in the recent defeat to Cleveland, racked up 30 points in this game last season and can beat the 21.5-point target on Thursday.

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Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets odds

BOS Celtics

-115 ML

DEN Nuggets

-105 ML

Spread

DEN -1.0

Total Points

O/U 221.5

Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets players props

Player Points

Jaylen Brown (BOS)

O/U 21.5

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (DEN)

O/U 10.5

Aaron Gordon (DEN)

O/U 13.5

Nikola Jokic (DEN)

O/U 25.5

Jamal Murray (DEN)

O/U 21.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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