The Boston Celtics will look to post four straight wins for the second time this season when they host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday as 8 1/2-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston returns home for Wednesday night’s Nuggets vs. Celtics betting matchup at TD Garden following a pair of lopsided victories in Philadelphia and Washington, routing the Sixers and Wizards by a combined 45 points and extending its current win streak to three games both straight-up and against the spread.
The streaky Celtics have posted three or more consecutive wins on four occasions this season and twice in the past two weeks, going 6-2 SU and 5-2-1 ATS, and are undefeated in their past three at home.
The Boston offense has been firing on all cylinders during its current tear, scoring 110 or more points in seven of its past nine, but has seen the point total play under in its past two after allowing just 91.5 points per game in those contests.
The result has been a rapid rise in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Celtics in control of fifth place with a 25-21 SU record.
The Nuggets travel to Boston following their longest homestand of the season, in which they went a disappointing 4-4 SU including a 119-105 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
The club failed to cover as four-point home underdogs against the Hawks, ending a promising four-game ATS win streak, but has been respectable performers at the sportsbooks since Christmas, going 10-6-1 ATS in its past 17 games.
Denver is a solid 7-4-1 ATS in its past 12 on the road. However, the club remains a shaky bet on the moneyline, particularly on the road, where it has claimed SU victories just twice in its past eight following a three-game win streak, which marked its only consecutive road wins in almost a year.
Wednesday’s contest is the first meeting of the season between these two squads. The Celtics came out on top in a pair of matchups last season and are 4-2 SU in their last six against the Nuggets 5-1 ATS, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.
Following their date with the Nuggets, the Celtics welcome Orlando to town on Friday in the first of a home-and-home series with the Magic.
Orlando has gone into a tailspin since the calendar turned to 2016, arriving in Boston with just one SU win in its past 12 following a 107-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, and is winless in its last 10 visits to TD Garden.
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