Two of the league’s best offenses clash on Monday, March 18 as the Nuggets (46-22, 16-16 away) and Celtics (43-27, 26-10 home) try to out-gun one another in Boston. Tip off time for this must-see game is 7:30 p.m. EST at TD Garden.
Both teams have been producing plenty of buzz – and plenty of points – this season with their fast-paced attacks. Boston is averaging 112.8 points on 44.0 shooting from the floor and 36.0% from downtown. They’re 21st in rebounds and sixth in assists. The Celtics have been led this season by Kyrie Irving, who is putting up 23.6 points per contest on 47.0% shooting.
Not to be outdone, Denver is averaging 112.0 points on 44.0% shooting from the floor and 36.0% from beyond the arc. They’re sixth in rebounds and second in dimes. The Nuggets owe many of their wins this season to Nikola Jokic, who is putting up 20.3 points per game.
If Denver’s offense falters, they’ll have to rely on their D to keep them in the game. The Nuggets are giving up 107.0 points per game, and are limiting opposing teams to 45.0% from the field and 34.0% from deep. Denver forces 14 turnovers per game and is sixth in the league in rebounding.
This is the second time this season these clubs have met. The last time they played one another on November 6th, 2018, Denver won 115- 107 behind 48 points from Jamal Murray.
Bookmakers are anticipating a lot of offense, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 223, with the Celtics opening as 3.0-point favorites. Denver is 36-32-0 against the spread this year and 30-38-0 over/under, compared to 34-35-1 ATS and 39-31-0 over/under for Boston.