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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Nuggets

Sebastian Lena February 19, 2013 Gametime, Previews 11 Comments

Tip: 9PM Court: Pepsi Center Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher and JT Orr

Spread: DEN -8.5

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The Matchup

Record: 28-24 Record: 33-21
On road: 8-15 At home: 22-3
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Lost 3
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.5 ppg) Buckets: Danilo Gallinari (17.2 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.7 rpg) Boards: Kenneth Faried (9.7 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.4 apg) Dimes: Ty Lawson (7.1 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.1 (26th NBA) Offensive Rating: 109.4 (7th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 102.1 (6th NBA) Defensive Rating: 105.7 (14th NBA)
Pace: 91.3 (18th NBA) Pace: 94.8 (2nd NBA)

Last time

The Celtics topped the Nuggets 118-114 for a thrilling, triple-overtime victory on Feb. 10. Paul Pierce paced Boston with his second triple-double in seven games with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists.

This time

Get it to: Brandon Bass

Yes, it says Brandon Bass. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you.

In his last outing against the Chicago Bulls, Bass went 6-of-13 from the field for 14 points and nine rebounds. He also registered the second-best plus/minus on the team at +7.

For the first time all season, Bass displayed confidence with the ball. He was aggressive to the hoop, took his open shots and made smart decisions with the basketball.

It’s time to strike while the iron is hot.

Anything to try and get Bass to perform at the level he did during the 2011-12 season and get away from the mediocre stat line he’s currently producing (7.6 PTS and 5.1 REBS).

Gotta stop: Ty Lawson

The loss to the Celtics has seemed to rejuvenate Ty Lawson.

Over his last three games, the 25-year-old has averaged 28 points, nine assists and two steals per game. He’s also been unconscious from the floor, shooting 33-of-53 (62.3%) from the field and 9-of-14 (64.3%) from beyond the arc.

Boston’s going to have to hope Avery Bradley is on his A-game defensively tonight.

The Wild Card: Boston road woes vs. Denver home success

The Celtics have lost four of their last five games away from Boston. Furthermore, their road record of 8-15 is the worst mark among the 16 teams in the league that are currently in playoff position.

On the other hand, Denver currently holds the third-best home record in the league. The team has won seven straight at the Pepsi Center. You’d have to go back to Jan. 18 for the last time the Nuggets fell in front of their home crowd.

It all adds up to what should be a rather easy victory for the home team. Except, we’ve come to realize that nothing is as it seems when it comes to this Boston team.

Will that theory hold true tonight?

How we see it goin’ down

Sure, Denver might be one of the hottest teams at home in the league. But they’ve also lost three-straight games, while giving up an average of 112 points per night.

With a full five days of rest, expect the Celtics to come out strong and jump out to an early lead.

The only question is (as it is every time they take the court): Can they hold onto a lead?

Celtics 98

Nuggets 92

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  • Pierce UK

    Nuggets never lose at the Pepsi centre. We’ve seen they’re a bad match up with Denver as it is. But a fresh Denver at home in altitude will destroy us. No chance with this.

  • Larry Legend

    No way celts win tonight. If they manage 2-3 on road trip I’d be ecstatic

    • Nate

      No way they win? Really? what a great fan you are, you pretend that we are the f*cking Wizards or something

      • Larry Legend

        Calm your tits…I don’t see em winning. Hope like hell they do, but nuggets pretty good club. But thanks for the complete overreaction…

  • Nate

    Havent the Nuggets lost all their games after ours? Maybe the common factor is Lawson taking control of things. I’d let him have his way with Bradley if he’s taking shots away from this teammates

    • eddysamson

      Isnt he shooting at like 69% over those games or something crazy? If thats the case he cant be taking that many shots away…

  • Brian

    reverse jinx.. yea they got no shot at all tonight.. 101 77 ;) Terence Williams plays 20 plus mins.. ;)

  • CapitalMarkets

    Are you serious? DEN has one of the best home records in the league(22-3). I’m as big of a Celtics fan there is but i don’t let my homerism affect my objective analysis, i.e. Celts shouldn’t be favored to win this game. That being said I’m still rooting hard for the C’s to pull this one out. If they’re able to win tonite, it’ll be a great way to start off a tough roadtrip.

  • Nate

    That 22-3 fact can be thrown around as much as you like, but the team you’re a big fan of isn’t defined by any realism at all.

    Who wouldve thought the season with Rondo would be .500 and the last 9 games would be 8-1? I sure didn’t think it would happen. If there’s one thing this team does is that it makes these “predictions” and number crunching crap worthless

    • Capitalmarkets

      Turns out my prediction turned out to be right. If I’m D Since I have to find a way, really fast, to unload Garnett n Pierce. This team just don’t have enough horses. I’ll forever be grateful to both of them but this is about the long-term health of the team/organization.

  • Capitalmarkets

    Stupid kindle spell check- I meant to say if I’m Danny Ainge I have to find a way,very fast, to get good value back for kg n Pierce