8 a.m. ET: No team in the NBA is hotter than the Denver Nuggets — not even the guys from Boston, who are on a six-game winning streak.
After lurching through a road-heavy schedule to begin the season, the Nuggets (32-18) are on fire. They have lost just three games since Jan. 1, going 15-3 in that span, including their current eight-game win streak. Before that they had a six-game win streak interrupted in mid-January but scored an overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to get back on a winning track.
The Nuggets’ success comes from their breakneck pace. They are second in the NBA with 97.4 possessions used per game, and their offensive efficiency is sixth in the league at 105.8 points per 100 possessions. With a style that focuses on getting layups and 3-pointers, they lead the league in points in the paint despite not having a traditional dominant post scorer.
In other words, the Celtics (26-23) will have their work cut out for them. If the Celtics hold to form, they should lose this game. Before this six-game win streak, they lost six in a row, so if the pattern holds they will lose to the Nuggets and then drop the next five, too. (If only it were that predictable.)
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