Denver Nuggets versus Boston Celtics Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 2-19-2013

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The 28-24 Boston Celtics will travel to the Mile High city as they return from the All Star break to face the 33-21 Denver Nuggets in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip time from Denver is scheduled for 9PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBA TV.

The odds from this NBA pro basketball contest have the home team Denver Nuggets favored by -8 points with an over under line of 203 points. Early money has landed on the Celtics and over the total as the game opened Denver favored by -8 ½ points and the total was 202 points.

The teams went head to head back on February 10th with Boston pulling out the 118-114 triple overtime win against the Nuggets as a -2 point betting favorite. The game ended over 206 points.

Boston has a road record this season of 8-15 straight up. The team entered the All Star break on fire with eight wins in their past nine games. They come off the 71-69 home win on Wednesday to the Chicago Bulls as a -2 ½ point betting favorite. The total came in at under 181 ½ points. Boston survived a 36.8% shooting game and 5 of 15 from three. They pull down ten less rebounds and win because they limited the Bulls to 36.5% from the field and forced 22 Chicago turnovers. Brandon Bass had 14 points and 9 rebounds on 6 of 13 shooting. The Celtics lack of size down low supporting Kevin Garnett has been an issue. They are 29th and second to last in the NBA in rebounding on the season.

The Nuggets are 22-3 on the home court. They entered the All Star break with three straight losses all on the road in the east coast. They come off a 119-108 road defeat on Wednesday to the Brooklyn Nets as a +3 point road underdog. The game ended over 196 points. It was a horrible spot for Denver as they played on back to back nights and it was their fourth game in five nights in four different road cities. Also they have to go through customs as they faced Toronto the night before. The Nuggets wasted a 53.2% shooting night and 12 of 17 makes from three. Nuggets missed 10 of 22 free throws and give up 54.7% shooting to the Nets. Ty Lawson led Denver with 26 points and 9 assists on 8 of 11 shooting. Denver over their past four games has given up an average of 112 points per game. They are 26th in the NBA in points allowed and the worst free throw shooting team in the NBA.