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Nuggets open as NBA underdog vs Celtics

The new-look Denver Nuggets, minus Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, host Boston on Thursday, looking to build on their 33-25 mark against the 41-14 Celtics in NBA action at Pepsi Center.

The Nuggets are 33-25 so far on the season, and 25-30-3 ATS vs. the number and are the league's highest-scoring team. The Celtics, meanwhile, are 41-14 and 27-26-2 ATS and boast the NBA's top defense. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Denver go 31-26-1 and the Celtics go 28-27 on the totals.

View Boston vs Denver Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup, the Nuggets sat as 3-point underdogs. The total had been pegged by the oddsmakers at 204. Bettors are seeing the 5-1 ATS trend for Denver at home to Boston and thinking of finding the best underdog line at Sports Interaction and betting it.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 6-rated Celtics taking on the No. 11-rated Nuggets in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 108-103 win for the Celtics on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Denver's No. 19-rated squad against Boston's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Denver rates No. 6 in the league with 8.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 21 with 5.4 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's No. 1-rated mark, allowing 90.2 points per game when on the road. Denver, on the other hand, rates No. 1 in home scoring.

Boston won its last outing, a 115-93 result against the Warriors on February 22. The Celtics covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 208 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Celtics blew out Golden State on Tuesday, running up the score in a 115-93 win at Oracle Arena.

Denver was a 120-107 winner in its last match at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 1.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 227 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Nuggets got a 26-point performance from J.R. Smith as Denver ran past Memphis 120-107 on Tuesday at Pepsi Center.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing LA Clippers are 5-5
After playing Golden State are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Portland are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Celtics at Nuggets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 11 games when playing Denver
Boston is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games
Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Denver is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Boston at LA Clippers, Saturday, February 26
Denver at Portland, Friday, February 25