Nuggets vs. Celtics Betting Preview (February 16, 2021)

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) during the second half against the Boston Celtics at the Pepsi Center.
Nov 22, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) during the second half against the Boston Celtics at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Nuggets are trying to keep the good times rolling as they embark on a four-game road trip, starting with the Celtics on Tuesday.

Let’s take a look at the different markets out there for Colorado sports bettors in our Nuggets vs. Celtics betting preview, complete with the best odds, picks, and predictions.

Nuggets vs. Celtics Betting Preview

The Nuggets and Celtics were both knocking on the doorstep of the NBA Finals last season but fell short. Now, both teams are trying to build on their Conference Finals appearances, but they are going in different directions.

The Nuggets are on a three-game winning streak and Nikola Jokic is among the favorites to win the MVP. Meanwhile, the Celtics have lost four of their last five, including losses to the lowly Pistons and Wizards.

Nuggets vs. Celtics Odds

All lines courtesy of FanDuel Colorado:

  • Spread: Nuggets +2 (-110) // Celtics -2 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Nuggets +110 // Celtics -130
  • Total: Over 221 (-110) // Under 221 (-110)

Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win

Nikola Jokic Over 7.5 Assists (-152)

Nikola Jokic is a man on a mission this year. He’s averaging a cool 8.7 assists per game and he’s recorded at least nine assists in four of his last five games.

The Celtics are only allowing 23.5 assists per game, but Jokic is a different kind of animal. He is the best passing big man in the NBA and there isn’t anyone particularly close to him in that regard. The Celtics are going to have their hands full with Joker.

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Bets We Like With A Celtics Win

Jaylen Brown 25+ Points (-138)

Jaylen Brown has scored over 25 points in seven of his last 10 games at home. He’s becoming a bonafide star and is well on his way to his first All-Star Game appearance. The dynamic wing is averaging 26.0 points per game on 51/41/75 shooting splits.

The Nuggets are a middle-of-the-pack defense in the NBA this year. We expect both sides to score a ton of points on Tuesday night. If that’s the case, look for Jaylen Brown to go over 25 points.

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Bets We Like Regardless Of Outcome

Over 221 Total Points (-115)

The Nuggets rank fifth in the NBA in offensive rating (115.5) this year per NBA.com. They have scored 109 points or more in 11 of their last 13 games. Even though they rank towards the bottom of the league in terms of pace, they make up for it with their efficiency.

On the other side, we have the Celtics. Boston is not operating at full capacity, but they still have scorers who can light it up. Whether it’s Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, or Jayson Tatum, the Celtics have multiple guys who can take over a game at any point.

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Nuggets vs. Celtics Prediction, Pick

The Nuggets have not been perfect this year, but they are starting to find their mojo. Obviously, Nikola Jokic is carrying them so far, but it’s about time his supporting cast steps up the effort around him. With the Celtics banged up and struggling, look for the Nuggets to win, or at the very least cover the spread.

The Pick: Nuggets +2

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