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#522 Boston Celtics -3.5
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
TD Garden, Boston
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Denver Nuggets vs. Boston Celtics

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

When: Friday, December 6, 8:00 PM. ET.

The Boston Celtics will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

Nuggets Going For Second Consecutive Win

The Nuggets were able to snap their two-game losing streak with a win over the New York Knicks on Thursday and will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Celtics, which will give them their second win in a row and fourth consecutive win over Boston.

Denver is averaging 106.1 points per game, which is 23rd in the league. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.

Jamal Murray leads the Nuggets with 18.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. Nikola Jokic is averaging 15.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game, while Will Barton is averaging 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.

The Nuggets are the best defensive team in the league, holding opponents to 101.9 points per game. They have given up less than 100 points in a game in four of their last six games and will need to continue playing well on the defensive end to beat the Celtics on Friday.

Celtics Going For Fifth Win In Six Games

The Celtics have played well since they returned from their Western Conference road trip and have won four of their last five games. They will be going for their third win in a row and fifth win in their last six games when they face the Nuggets on Friday.

Boston was unable to snap its losing streak against the Nuggets when they played in Denver last month. With the team back at home, they will be trying to snap their three-game losing streak to the Nuggets when they meet for the final time in the regular season on Friday.

The Celtics have played well offensively, averaging 110.8 points per game. They are shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. In their last game, they scored 112 points against the Miami Heat and will need a similar performance to beat the Nuggets on Friday.

Jaylen Brown led the way for the Celtics with 31 points and four rebounds. Kemba Walker finished with 28 points, four rebounds, and seven assists, while Jayson Tatum added 19 points and five rebounds for the Celtics.

Boston has also played well defensively, holding opponents to 103.9 points per game. They held the Heat to 93 points in their last game and will need a similar effort to get past the Nuggets on Friday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Celtics are the pick here. Boston has played well at home this season, winning all eight of its contests. The team plays well defensively, holding opponents to 103.9 points per game, and will frustrate Denver’s offense, which is averaging 106.1 points per game. The Nuggets will make things difficult for the Celtics on the offensive end because they are the best defensive team in the league. However, the Celtics are averaging 113.2 points per game in their last four games and will score enough points to get the win against a Denver team that will be playing its second game on consecutive nights and will be dealing with some fatigue.

Prediction: Boston Celtics -3.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Celtics and Nuggets are two of the best defensive teams in the league, so don’t expect them to light up the scoreboard in this game. The Nuggets are averaging 106.1 points per game, but they will stay under their season average because they are playing on consecutive nights and facing a Celtics team that is holding opponents to 103.9 points per game. The Celtics are averaging 110.8 points per game, but they too will be held under their season average by Denver’s defense, which has held opponents to less than 100 points in four of their last six games, keeping the score under the game total. The under is 10-4 in Denver's last 14 games and 6-0 in Boston's last six games against Western Conference teams.

Prediction: Under 203

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Nuggets will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Celtics in the first half of their last three games, averaging 56.7 points per game while the Celtics average 55 points per game.

Prediction: Denver Nuggets

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The Nuggets and Celtics are averaging 111.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.