NBA action on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 features the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The game will begin at 9:00 PM ET. Both of these teams have struggled throughout the season to win games, with the Celtics entering on a four-game skid. Denver enters on a two-game winning streak, which is why we will back the Nuggets at home to secure the victory tonight.

Denver Nuggets: Climbing towards playoff picture

Denver enters tonight’s game just 2.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. We understand that playoff positioning is not too much of a concern right now, but the Nuggets need to string together some wins so they can climb back into the top eight of the conference. They enter on a two-game winning streak, so they come in with a lot of confidence tonight at home when the Celtics visit.

Boston Celtics: Making headway in standings

Boston’s season began with a dismal start, but the Celtics were able to rebound briefly before entering into another slide. On a four-game skid coming into tonight’s contest, the Celtics will look to get back into the win column. They have just 13 wins on the season, with five of them coming on the road. The Eastern Conference is so bad this year that the Celtics are just one game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the standings. They are tied with the Brooklyn Nets in the standings right now.

We find tonight’s betting odds for the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics at the online sportsbook of Here, the oddsmakers are favoring the Nuggets to win tonight. We will bet 10 percent of our bankroll on the host Nuggets and the -7.5 (-110) spread to secure another victory as they continue their improved play of late.