Last Updated Mar 20, 2022, 9:11 PM

Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets Predictions, Picks, Odds

Regular-season NBA action will resume on Sunday night with a heavyweight non-conference bout between the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets. Coverage begins from Ball Arena in the Mile High City at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Score Prediction

Celtics 116, Nuggets 108

Best Bets

Celtics -3.5 (-110) at BetMGM

Celtics vs. Nuggets Predictions

After finishing third in the West with a record of 47-25 SU last year, Denver stumbled out to a surprisingly slow start to the season, as the Nuggets opened with a lackluster 20-19 SU and 16-23 ATS stretch – while generating just 105.6 OPPG across that timeframe.

The Nuggets have played excellent since the midway point of January though, considering Denver boasts sturdy records of 22-10 SU and 16-15-1 ATS across their last 32 games – while scoring 118.6 OPPG and surrendering just 112.2 DPPG during that span.

On the other hand, Boston also posted a surprisingly poor start to the season, as the Celtics kicked things off with a head-scratching 15-20 SU and ATS skid – with ten of those SU losses coming by double-digits.

Boston admirably flipped the script in the early stages of January though, considering the Celtics enter Sunday riding an impressive 27-9 SU and 19-17 ATS stretch – while tallying 111.2 OPPG and allowing just 100.4 DPPG across that window.

I’ll back Boston here, as the Celtics are 18-3 SU and 13-8 ATS in their last 21 games, while generating 114.5 OPPG and allowing just 100.3 DPPG during that span – likely serving as a difficult task for a Nuggets squad that’s surrendering 114.6 DPPG across their latest 2-5 ATS skid.

Celtics vs. Nuggets Betting Odds

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Celtics vs. Nuggets Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Atlantic vs. Northwest
  • Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
  • Venue: Ball Arena
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • TV-Time: NBA League Pass - 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Boston Celtics Betting Analysis

  • SU: 43-28
  • ATS: 37-33-1
  • O/U: 31-38-2

After finishing seventh in the East with a record of 36-36 SU this year, Boston stumbled out to a similarly lackluster start to this season, as the Celtics opened with a frustrating 15-20 SU skid – despite getting tagged as favorites in 22 of those contests.

Boston quickly turned things around by tightening up at the defensive end though, considering the Celtics enter Sunday riding a red-hot 27-9 SU stretch, while scoring 114+ PTS in 16 of those contests (111.2 OPPG) – and allowing 100 PTS or less in 19 of them (100.4 DPPG).

Denver Nuggets Betting Analysis

  • SU: 42-29
  • ATS: 32-38-1
  • O/U: 37-32-2

Despite the year-long absence of Jamal Murray, Denver has still strung together an admirable 2021-22 campaign, considering the Nuggets rank sixth in the Western Conference standings with a record of 42-29 SU – which trails the fifth-place Mavericks (43-27 SU) and fourth-place Jazz (44-26 SU) by just a few games.

The Nuggets still developed their fair share of health issues throughout the year, primarily centered around the extended absence of their tertiary scoring option, Michael Porter Jr. However, Denver still boasts solid numbers at both ends of the floor, considering the Nuggets have scored 115+ PTS in ten of their last 15 contests (118.5 OPPG) – and surrendered 110 PTS or less in seven of their last 13 (112.5 DPPG).

The Celtics are 18-3 SU in their last 21 games. (AP)

Celtics vs. Nuggets Head-to-Head

The Celtics swept a two-game regular-season set against Denver last year, with both matchups staying under the total at an average of 201.5 PPG. The most recent meeting between these teams took place last month though, which resulted in a third straight low-scoring victory for Boston (108-102, U 219).

Key Players to Watch

  • BOS: Jayson Tatum - SF (26.8 PPG, 8.2 REB, 4.2 AST)
  • BOS: Jaylen Brown - SG (23 PPG, 6.1 REB, 3.3 AST)
  • DEN: Nikola Jokic - C (26.1 PPG, 13.7 REB, 8.1 AST)
  • DEN: Will Barton - SG (14.7 PPG, 4.9 REB, 3.8 AST)

Celtics vs. Nuggets Betting Conclusion

After posting back-to-back road wins over the Warriors and Kings, the Celtics hit the road again for Sunday’s contest as short favorites over the Nuggets at Ball Arena – marking the 21st time Boston has been favored across their last 22 games.

I’ll back Boston here, as the Nuggets are 4-3 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games, while tallying 115.9 OPPG and allowing 114.6 DPPG across that window – setting the stage for an unfavorable matchup against a Celtics squad that’s surrendered 104 PTS or less in 15 of their last 21 contests (100.4 DPPG).

Celtics vs. Nuggets Betting Trends

  • The total has gone OVER in nine of the last 13 Celtics' games.
  • The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last five matchups against Boston.
  • The Celtics are 18-3 SU in their last 21 games.
  • The Nuggets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six straight matchups between Boston and Denver.
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