Boston Celtics at Denver Nuggets Game #54 4/11/21
The Celtics start a 3 sport street journey with a cease in Denver to tackle the streaking Nuggets. The Celtics beat the Nuggets 112-99 in Boston on February 16. This is the second and ultimate common season assembly between these two groups. They tied the collection 1-1 final season, with every group profitable on their residence courtroom.
The Celtics are 56-37 all time in opposition to the Nuggets however they’re simply 18-28 all time in Denver, the place it’s powerful to get a win due to the altitude. The Celtics have gained 4 of their final 5 video games, all of which have been at residence. The Nuggets have gained their final 8 video games and 17 of their final 20 video games. They haven’t misplaced since buying Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee on the commerce deadline.
The Celtics are seventh within the East. They are .5 video games behind Miami (sixth) and 1 sport behind each Atlanta (fifth) and Charlotte (4th). They are one sport forward of New York (eighth) and a couple of video games forward of Indiana (ninth). The Celtics are 6-4 of their final 10 video games and 10-16 on the street. They are 9-12 in opposition to Western Conference groups. They are in search of their third straight win.
The Nuggets are 4th within the West. They are 1 sport behind the Clippers, who’re third and 1.5 video games behind 2nd place Phoenix. They are 5 video games behind the primary place Utah Jazz. They are 2 video games forward of the fifth place Lakers. They are 9-1 of their final 10 video games and 18-9 at residence. They are 16-7 in opposition to Eastern groups. They are in search of their ninth straight win.
The Celtics could also be with out their star duo on this sport. On Saturday’s damage listing, Jayson Tatum was listed as questionable with a non-covid sickness. Jaylen Brown was listed as questionable with knee soreness. I’m undecided who would begin if both or each are out however my guess could be Romeo Langford and Grant Williams. I’ve included each within the beginning lineup right here only for wishful pondering causes. Evan Fournier is listed as out because of well being and security protocols.
For the Nuggets, their star guard Jamal Murray is listed as questionable. He has missed 3 the Nuggets’ final 3 video games with knee soreness and is listed as questionable for this one. If he can’t play, Facundo Campazzo or Monte Morris ought to get the star. I’ve not listed him as a starter additionally for wishful pondering causes. Also questionable is Shaquille Harrison who was simply signed to a 2-way contract.
Probable Celtics Starters
Evan Fournier (covid) out
Jayson Tatum (non covid sickness) questonable
Jaylen Brown (knee) questionable
Probable Nuggets Starters
Jamal Murray (knee) questionable
Shaquille Harrison (not damage associated) questionable
Robert Williams III
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Robert Williams III vs Nikola Jokic
Jokic is the main candidate for MVP this season. He is averaging 26.3 factors, 10.9 rebounds and eight.7 assists per sport. He is capturing 57% from the sector and 42.9% from past the arc. He is pretty near unstoppable. If you double him, he is among the finest passers within the league and can discover the open man. Whether he begins or comes off the bench, we must always see Tristan Thompson guarding Jokic for parts of the sport as properly.
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Kevin Porter, Jr
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Jaylen Brown vs Michael Porter, Jr
Porter is averaging 17.0 factors, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.0 assists. He is capturing 54% from the sector and 44.7% from past the arc. If Jaylen can’t begin, I’ll take a guess that Romeo will begin and be given the defensive problem of guarding Porter. Either means, the Celtics must cowl him each inside and on the perimeter.
Jayson Tatum vs Aaron Gordon
Gordon is averaging 14.2 factors, 6.2 rebounds and three.9 assists. He is capturing 58% from the sector and 27.8% from past the arc, though he shot 37.5% on 3’s in Orlando. Gordon has been enjoying very properly for the Nuggets and due to that, they haven’t misplaced since buying Gordon from the Magic. If Tatum can’t play, I’ll guess that Grant Williams will get the beginning right here.
Keys to the Game
Defense – Defense is the important thing to each sport. The Celtics are seventeenth with a defensive score of 111.8 however their protection has been very inconsistent this season. The Nuggets have a defensive score of 111.7, which is fifteenth. The Celtics common 112.5 factors per sport whereas the Nuggets common 115.6 factors per sport. Denver shoots 49.0% from the sector whereas the Celtics shoot 46.9%. The Celtics shoot 37.7% from three whereas the Nuggets shoot 38.9% on 3 pointers. The Celtics must make protection a precedence in the event that they hope to get a win on this sport. Even with Jaylen and Jayson they gained’t possible win a shoot out with the Nuggets.
Rebound – The Nuggets common 44.5 rebounds per sport and Celtics common 43.9 rebounds per sport. Rebounding takes effort and the Celtics need to work tougher to seize rebounds to restrict the Nuggets second probability factors and quick breaks. The Nuggets get 13.8 second probability factors per sport (seventh). The Celtics can’t permit the Nuggets to outwork them on the boards.
Move the Ball – The Celtics play very properly after they transfer the ball and discover the open man. When the ball sticks and gamers attempt to do an excessive amount of, take fast photographs, and dribble an excessive amount of, the Celtics wrestle. When the Celtics have 25 or extra assists they often win whereas after they have fewer assists they usually lose. The Nuggets common 27.2 assists per sport they usually have had 17 straight video games with 25 or extra assists. The Celtics should transfer the ball and search for the open man and play as a group.
Take Care of the Ball – The Celtics have been very sloppy with the ball in current video games. They have had 17 or extra turnovers of their final 3 video games, with 20 turnovers in opposition to the Timberwolves on Friday. The Celtics have to be extra centered and watch out with their passes and likewise when they’re dribbling and never flip the ball over. The Nuggets common 18.0 factors off turnovers and so if the Celtics are sloppy on this one, the Nuggets will make them pay.
Altitude – It’s powerful to win in Denver due to the altitude that the groups are enjoying at. Denver known as the Mile High City as a result of it’s 5,280 ft above sea stage. Nuggets gamers are used to the altitude however visiting groups usually wrestle with enjoying there and infrequently are fatigued earlier than the top of the sport. It is a really distinctive residence courtroom benefit.
Who’s Playing and Who’s Out – Both groups have key gamers listed as questionable. Jamal Murray is a key participant for Denver, though they’ve gained their final 3 video games that he has missed. If he’s out, that could be a break for the Celtics. As for the Celtics, it goes with out saying that they might desperately miss each Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum if they’ll’t play. Both groups have been brief handed of their first assembly this season and the Celtics could be harm rather more by lacking Jaylen and Jayson than the Nuggets could be by lacking Murray on this sport.
Officiating – I do know that I say this each sport, however the officiating can at all times be an x-factor. Every crew calls the sport in another way whether or not they name each little ticky tack foul or they let numerous contact go and let the groups play. The Celtics have gotten to regulate to the best way the sport is being referred to as and never let the calls have an effect on their focus or their play.