Celtics vs. Nuggets odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, Feb. 16 predictions from model on 83-48 roll

The Boston Celtics are in danger of dropping under .500 for the first time since the opening week of the season when they host the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. Slumping Boston (13-13) has dropped seven of its last 10 games and is coming off a pair of surprising losses to Detroit and Washington. The Nuggets (15-11) ran their winning streak to three by knocking off the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET at TD Garden in Boston. William Hill Sportsbook lists Boston as a 3.5-point favorite while the over-under is 221.5 in the latest Celtics vs. Nuggets odds. Before making any Nuggets vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it returned over $5,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks last season. The model is also up more than $8,400 on top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. Dating back to last season, it enters Week 9 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule on a stunning 83-48 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Nuggets. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Nuggets vs. Celtics:

  • Nuggets vs. Celtics spread: Celtics -3.5
  • Nuggets vs. Celtics over-under: 221.5
  • Nuggets vs. Celtics money line: Celtics -165; Nuggets +145
  • DEN: The Nuggets are 4-0 when backup PG Facu Campazzo scores at least 10 points
  • BOS: Celtics C Daniel Theis (finger) is listed as questionable for Tuesday

Latest Odds:

Boston Celtics

Why the Nuggets can cover

Nikola Jokic has carried Denver throughout the season, leading the team in points (26.5), rebounds (11.5) and assists (8.7) per game. Don’t expect that to change against the Celtics with three starters and a top reserve already ruled out for Tuesday’s matchup. The 7-foot-center registered a pair of double-doubles as the Nuggets split two decisions with Boston last season.

Jokic was immense in Sunday’s 122-105 victory over the Lakers, notching a triple-double with 23 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. It also marked his 12th double-double in the past 15 games, a span in which he has shot at least 50 percent from the floor a dozen times. Jokic has scored at least 30 points in six of the last 14 games, including a 50-point outburst at Sacramento on Feb. 6.

Why the Celtics can cover

Forward Jayson Tatum fell behind Jaylen Brown (26.0) for the team scoring lead at 25.6 points after a clunker in Washington on Sunday in which he scored a season-low six points on 3-of-14 shooting. He had scored at least 20 points in 14 of the previous 15 games, reaching 30 on five occasions. Brown scored 25 points in Sunday’s defeat, the 14th time he reached 20 in the last 16 games.

Point guard Kemba Walker has been brought along slowly while recuperating from an offseason knee procedure but he is coming off his best two performances of 2020-21. He scored a season-high 25 points and had seven rebounds at Washington after netting 21 points vs. Toronto in his previous game. Walker also seems to have found his outside shot, burying 9 of 15 3-point attempts in the last two games.

How to make Nuggets vs. Celtics picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting both teams combine for 223 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Nuggets vs. Celtics? And which side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks.

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