Tuesday NBA odds: Boston Celtics at Denver Nuggets

Two teams who have been often mentioned as potentially being active before Thursday’s trade deadline meet for the final time this season when Boston visits Denver, with the Nuggets opening as 8.5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current odds

Boston closed the first half of the season with a 71-69 win over Chicago. Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds to help the Celtics overcome historically poor shooting. Paul Pierce went only 2-for-12 from the floor, but he hit a 3-pointer that bounced around the rim and in to give Boston a five-point lead with 3 minutes to play. The Celtics shot just 36.8 percent but still had the advantage over the Bulls, who made just 36.5 percent of their shots. The Celtics scored 19 points in the second and third quarters combined, tying for third-lowest in NBA history and setting a franchise record for the fewest points in consecutive quarters since the shot-clock era began. Their 71 points was the third-least in a win since the 24-second clock was added in 1954-55.

Garnett has been rumored in a potential trade with the Clippers, but he has said he won’t waive his no-trade clause. The Celtics have lost Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa to season-ending injuries. So the club has signed swingman Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract. By adding Williams, the Celtics bring in much-needed depth for a team that was playing with 10 healthy bodies. Boston maintains deadline flexibility as there’s no little risk or cost with a 10-day contract and Williams can be cut loose from his deal if Boston needs his roster spot sooner. Williams, fresh off a stint in China, will get a chance to fill minutes and Boston can evaluate his potential to help long term as it navigates the trade deadline (and the buyout period after that).

Denver lost 119-108 at Brooklyn to close the first half. The Nuggets, who were without Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodola, lost their third straight game after winning a season-high nine straight. Both will play in this one. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 26 points and hit all of his five 3-point attempts. Jordan Hamilton had 15 points and JaVale McGee added 14 points for the Nuggets. Andre Miller scored eight points and had 10 assists.

The Nuggets played in Boston on Feb. 10. Denver won 118-114 in triple overtime. Paul Pierce had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists in the win. Pierce made a tying 3-pointer in the second overtime to make it 107-107 and extend the game. Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points off the bench. Denver’s Lawson had 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds and hit several key shots, including a running bank shot to send the game into overtime tied at 92-92.

WagerWeb.com trends: Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. Celtics are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest. Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. Nuggets are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. loss. Favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. Home team is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings. Celtics are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Denver.

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