The Denver Nuggets begin a four-game road trip when they clash with the skidding Boston Celtics on Tuesday. Denver (15-11) is bidding for its fourth consecutive victory and arrives in Boston on a high note after ending the seven-game winning streak of the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The Celtics (13-13) have won only five of their last 15 games and are coming off consecutive losses to the two worst teams in the East. Gary Harris (adductor), Will Barton (personal) and Paul Millsap (knee) are all out for Denver. Daniel Theis (finger) and Marcus Smart (calf) are out for Boston.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET at TD Garden in Boston. William Hill Sportsbook lists Boston as a two-point favorite while the over-under is 221 in the latest Celtics vs. Nuggets odds. Before making any Nuggets vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Nuggets vs. Celtics spread: Celtics -2
- Nuggets vs. Celtics over-under: 221
- Nuggets vs. Celtics money line: Celtics -125; Nuggets +105
- DEN: The Nuggets are 4-0 when backup PG Facu Campazzo scores at least 10 points
- BOS: Celtics are 7-3 ATS at home this season
Why the Nuggets can cover
Point guard Jamal Murray, who is second to Nikola Jokic (26.5) in scoring at 18.5 per games, has regained his stride after a pair of subpar games in which he had a combined 19 points. He had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists in a narrow win over Oklahoma City before collecting 25 points, six boards and four assists vs. the Lakers. He is shooting much better overall on the road than at home (50 to 40.2 percent).
The rash of injuries that have decimated Denver's lineup has provided some added opportunities for playing time and reserves Zeke Nnaji and Campazzo took advantage Sunday. Nnaji, the first-round pick in last year's draft, scored a season-high 16 points and hit four 3-pointers for the second time in three games. Campazzo tied his season high with 15 points while playing nearly 26 minutes.
Why the Celtics can cover
Forward Jayson Tatum fell behind Jaylen Brown (26.0) for the team scoring lead at 25.6 points after a clunker in Washington on Sunday in which he scored a season-low six points on 3-of-14 shooting. He had scored at least 20 points in 14 of the previous 15 games, reaching 30 on five occasions. Brown scored 25 points in Sunday's defeat, the 14th time he reached 20 in the last 16 games.
Point guard Kemba Walker has been brought along slowly while recuperating from an offseason knee procedure but he is coming off his best two performances of 2020-21. He scored a season-high 25 points and had seven rebounds at Washington after netting 21 points vs. Toronto in his previous game. Walker also seems to have found his outside shot, burying 9 of 15 3-point attempts in the last two games.
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