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Nuggets take on Celtics in hoops contest

Denver NuggetsBoston Celtics
11-7December 06, 2013, 07:30 | TD Garden8-12

The NBA betting slate features a clash between Boston and Denver on Friday, with the host Celtics trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.

The Celtics sit at 8-12 (11-9 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Nuggets are currently 11-7 (10-8 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Boston is 7-13 OU, and Denver is 9-9 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Celtics in this one, they were listed earlier as 4-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 200 for Friday at shops such as 5Dimes.

This game matches up the No. 24 (Celtics) and the No. 12 (Nuggets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 94-89 result in favor of the Nuggets is predicted by handicapping models.

The Nuggets were a 98-88 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (186) made winners of UNDER bettors. Denver suffered a 98-88 loss against Cleveland on Wednesday, getting 16 points from Randy Foye in a losing effort at Quicken Loans Arena.

Boston was a 108-100 winner in its last match at home against the Bucks. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 208 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Jordan Crawford scored 25 points for Boston on Tuesday, leading the Celtics to a 108-100 victory over Milwaukee at TD Garden.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Nuggets rank No. 5 in the league with 45.94 per game. That compares with Boston’s No. 19 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Boston is the NBA’s No. 25-ranked team at 6.1 per game, while the Nuggets rate No. 13 with 8 per contest.

Next up:
Denver at Philadelphia, Saturday, December 7th
Boston at New York, Sunday, December 8th