NBA Betting Preview: Celtics at Nuggets

Denver Nuggets logoWith the Melo-drama now over, the Boston Celtics (41-14 SU, 27-26-2 ATS) visit the new look Denver Nuggets (33-25 SU, 25-30-3 ATS) on Thursday night (10:35 p.m. ET, TNT).

The Celtics came out of the All-Star break in strong fashion as they pounded Golden State 115-93 as 5-point road favorites on Tuesday while Denver played surprisingly well without Carmelo Anthony defeating Memphis 120-107 as a 1-point home chalk.

Boston is listed as a 4.5-point road favorite at SBGGlobal.com and the total is 203.5. On the moneyline, the Celtics are -190; the Nuggets are +160.

Denver will have many of their new players available on Thursday although it is unclear how head coach George Karl will work them into the lineup. Karl has already said that Ty Lawson will be the point guard so that leaves Raymond Felton coming off the bench.

Danilo Gallinari could end up being traded before this game begins so only Wilson Chandler figures to get extensive playing time. The other player coming over to the Nuggets from New York was center Timofey Mozgov and he figures to backup Nene.

Karl has said he may just keep the four newcomers together for a while so look for them to come off the bench at the same time for the first few games.

Although the Nuggets rolled Memphis on Tuesday, none of the newcomers played in that game. Instead, the remaining post-trade players successfully filled the void, led by J.R. Smith who had 26 points.

Boston showed no signs of any All-Star hangovers on Tuesday in their rout of Golden State. All four Boston All-Stars had excellent games led by Kevin Garnett who had 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Here are some key NBA betting stats for Thursday’s game:

The Nuggets are 7-2 ATS in their last nine vs. the Eastern Conference. However, the Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last five Thursday games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 vs. the Atlantic.

The home team is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings in this series and the Celtics are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings at Denver. However, the Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last seven Thursday games.

The under is 5-2 in the Celtics’ last seven vs. the Northwest. The over is 8-1 in the Nuggets’ last nine vs. the Eastern Conference. The over is 5-1 in the Nuggets’ last six overall. In this series, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Denver.

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