Celtics vs Nuggets Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Sunday, January 1, 2023

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The Boston Celtics (26-10), playing as 3.5-point favorites, hope to outscore their opponent in a matchup of two top offenses when they face the Denver Nuggets (23-12) on January 1, 2023 at Ball Arena. The over/under in the contest is 233.5.

How to bet Celtics vs. Nuggets

Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -161 odds to pick up the win, while the Nuggets are listed at +135 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 233.5 points.

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Celtics vs. Nuggets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Sunday, January 1, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBCS
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • Arena: Ball Arena

Celtics vs. Nuggets Betting Trends

The Celtics are 20-15-1 against the spread this season. Boston has won 24, or 70.6%, of the 34 contests in which it was the favorite this year. The Celtics have gone over the point total in 54.3% of their opportunities this year (19 times in 35 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, the Nuggets are 17-17-1 this year. Denver has put together a 4-4 record in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 50% of those games). Nuggets games this season have hit the over 48.6% of the time (17 out of 35 games with a set point total).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Celtics Leaders
Jayson Tatum 34 31 8.1 4 1.1 0.9 3.3
Jaylen Brown 34 27 7.2 3.4 1.2 0.4 2.5
Malcolm Brogdon 30 13.3 4.1 3.8 0.5 0.3 1.7
Marcus Smart 32 11.5 3.3 7.4 1.4 0.4 1.8
Derrick White 36 10 3.1 3.1 0.8 0.8 1.5


Nuggets Leaders
Nikola Jokic 32 25.5 10.9 9.5 1.4 0.7 0.8
Jamal Murray 29 18.2 3.9 5.7 0.9 0.2 2
Aaron Gordon 30 17.3 6.6 2.1 0.9 0.8 1
Michael Porter Jr. 21 16.5 6.1 1.3 0.7 0.5 2.8
Nah’Shon Hyland 27 13.1 2.1 3.4 0.6 0.3 2.4
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Celtics: Danilo Gallinari: Out (Knee)

Nuggets: Jamal Murray: Out (Injury Management), Jeff Green: Out (Hand), Collin Gillespie: Out (Lower Leg)

What you need to know about the Boston Celtics

Boston is surrendering 112.1 points per game this year (11th-ranked in NBA), but it has really played well on offense, putting up 118.8 points per game (best). In home games, the Celtics are scoring 8.4 more points per game (122.6) than they are when playing on the road (114.2). In their last 10 games, the Celtics have been racking up 113.7 points per game, an average that’s slightly lower than the 118.8 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.

Boston owns a 37.6% three-point percentage this season (sixth-ranked in NBA), but it has really thrived by draining 15.9 threes per game (second-best). The Celtics are attempting 45.8 two-pointers per game this year, which account for 52.1% of the shots they’ve attempted (and 62.4% of the team’s baskets). Meanwhile, they are attempting 42.2 three-pointers per contest, which are 47.9% of their shots (and 37.6% of the team’s buckets).

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What you need to know about the Denver Nuggets

Denver is the fifth-best team in the NBA in points scored (116.4 per game) and 17th in points conceded (114.4). At home, the Nuggets average 118.9 points per game. On the road, they score 114.3. The Nuggets are putting up 119.9 points per game over their last 10 games, which is 3.5 more than their average for the season (116.4).

In 2022-23 Denver is 15th in the NBA in 3-point makes (11.8 per game) and best in 3-point percentage (39.4%). The Nuggets take 65.1% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 34.9% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 72.9% of the Nuggets’ buckets are 2-pointers, and 27.1% are 3-pointers.

Celtics vs. Nuggets Predictions and Pick

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Austin is a co-founders at Betsperts and a devoted father of 2. Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, Austin is passionate about the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, and Falcons. Austin received his Bachelors of Science from Clemson University and gets back for Clemson football and basketball games every chance he gets!

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