In the midst of one of their worst slumps of the season, the Celtics travel to Denver tonight to take on the Nuggets. The Nuggets have won two straight coming off an eight game losing streak. Their 137 points in Sunday night’s win over the Lakers was the most points scored by a team this season.
Former Celtics Nate Robinson has been huge for the Nuggets the last two games, averaging 18 points per game and 6 assists in the place of suspended Andre Miller. The Nuggets are the fifth best rebounding team in the league, led by J.J Hickson at 8.5 rebounds per game. The star for Denver thus far has been point guard Ty Lawson, leading the team in scoring, assists, and steals.
The matchup between Lawson and Avery Bradley while be one to watch tonight, as the Celtics will need their pitbull shooting guard to slow down the lightning quick Nugget. The Celtics are on the wake of a trade involving key reserve Courtney Lee and will be without the bonus of newly acquired Jerryd Bayless. The Celtics allow only 97.3 points per game, ranking as the 6th best defense in the league. The play of Jared Sullinger has been very subpar of late, averaging just over 8 points per game while shooting under 27% over the last five games. The Celtics will need their star forward to return to form to have a chance with hanging with the Nuggets. The Celtics main hope lies in Jeff Green to maintain his scoring touch of late.
With the Celtics offense slumping, a matchup with the explosive Nuggets seems like a bad match on paper. It pains me to write this, but I can’t picture the Celtics pulling a win out tonight on the road. This C’s team has surprised me every time I’ve doubted them, so here’s to hoping for another wrong prediction! Follow our twitter @HoudiniCeltics for live tweets and check back here for a post game recap later tonight!