Tatum and Boston take on Jokić and the Nuggets
Denver Nuggets (30-24, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (31-25, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum and Nikola Jokic meet when Boston takes on Denver. Tatum ranks ninth in the NBA with an average of 25.5 points per game and Jokic is seventh in the league with an average of 25.8 points per game.
The Celtics are 18-10 at home. Boston is averaging 108.4 points while outscoring opponents by 4.6 points per game.
The Nuggets are 15-14 in road games. Denver is averaging 13.3 turnovers per game and is 15-5 when winning the turnover battle.
TOP PERFORMERS: Tatum is averaging 25.5 points per game and averaging 8.4 rebounds for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is averaging 2.3 3-pointers in Boston’s last 10 games.
Jokic is averaging 25.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 7.9 assists for the Nuggets. Will Barton is averaging 16.9 points over Denver’s last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Celtics: 8-2, averaged 112.7 points, 50.9 rebounds, 26.8 assists, 6.6 steals and 6.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.6% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 94.2 points per game.
Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 118.3 points, 44.5 rebounds, 29.0 assists, 7.3 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the field. Their opponents average 110.9 points.