Free NBA Picks Today: Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics 1/1/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Denver Nuggets vs Boston Celtics 1/1/23
Sun 1st January 2023

It figures to be a high-scoring affair when the Boston Celtics (26-10, 11-5 Away) head to face the Denver Nuggets (23-12, 13-3 Home) on Sunday. Boston defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 116-110 at TD Garden on Thursday, their fourth straight win. Jaylen Brown led the way with 29 points and seven rebounds.

The Celtics are two games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets atop the Eastern Conference, currently sitting in first. Denver won their seventh home game in a row on Friday at Ball Arena, beating the Miami Heat 124-119. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope recorded 20 points to lead the team in scoring.

With 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, Nikola Jokic also played a part. The Nuggets are zero games back in the Western Conference, currently sitting in second. This marks the final meeting of the season between the teams. After winning the only earlier season meeting against Denver 131-112 at TD Garden in November 2022, their sixth straight head-to-head victory, Boston will be pursuing a season sweep.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 34 points and eight rebounds. Jokic had 29 points and three assists in defeat. The Celts have been led this season by Tatum and Brown, who are averaging 31.0 and 27.0 points per game, respectively.

Tatum is fifth in the NBA in scoring. Tatum also has grabbed 8.1 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Marcus Smart is dishing 7.4 assists per game.Jokic’s 25.5 points per game have powered the Nuggets on offense. Jokic has also put up 10.9 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game, for which he ranks seventh and third in the NBA, respectively.

The Celtics and the Nuggets rank as the top two offenses in the league, first and second in offensive efficiency, respectively. The teams have split their last 10 matchups at Ball Arena (5-5).

Boston is 5-5 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +1.5 (113.7-112.2). Denver has gone 8-2 over the last 10, scoring 119.9 points per game on average while holding opponents to 115.4 (+4.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Malcolm Brogdon: 9.8 | 13.3 | -3.5


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Bruce Brown: 11.3 | 18.9 | -7.7
Assists per game:
Jamal Murray: 7.5 | 5.7 | +1.8

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Denver Nuggets (+110)

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