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Nuggets vs Raptors NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Denver Nuggets at Toronto Raptors
- Where: Toronto at Scotiabank Arena
- Date: Tuesday, March 14th
- Betting Odds DEN -1.0, DEN -105 | TOR -116 O/U 228.5
So far, the Nuggets have put together an overall record of 46-22, while going 36-31-1 vs the spread. Over the Nuggets current 3 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -10.33 points per game.
The Nuggets are coming off a disappointing 122-120 loss to the Nets. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 9 points. Denver let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Nikola Jokic, as he contributed 35 points while hitting 60.9% of his shots.
So far, the Raptors have put together an overall record of 32-36, while going 33-35-0 vs the spread. Toronto will take the court having lost 3 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -7.67 points per game.
In their previous game, the Raptors were favored to win vs the Lakers. However, their 122-112 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Toronto was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 8. In the loss, Scottie Barnes led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 68.4%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent game between the two teams, the Nuggets picked up a 118-113 win over the Raptors. However, heading into the game, Denver was favored to win by 6.0 points, giving the Raptors and ATS victory. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Nuggets averaged 112.5 points per game vs the Raptors. On the other side, Toronto saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Nuggets, as they averaged 118.0 points per game in these matchups. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Raptors have an average scoring margin of +4 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. A combined average of 234 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Denver offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 7th ranked offense at 116.9 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Nuggets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.2 made 3’s per game. If Denver continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 19th in the league in possessions per game.
Against the Raptors, the Nuggets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 14th in points allowed.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Jamal Murray who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 20.1 points per game. At the time of this article, Murray is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 77th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Denver benefit from having both of their top scorers as Nikola Jokic leads the team and is 24th in the league in scoring (24.6). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 14th in points allowed to centers.
Through 68 games, the Raptors are averaging 112.4 points per contest, placing them 23rd in the NBA. So far, the Raptors are averaging 97.3 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. If the Raptors offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 28th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
So far, the Raptors have played well defensively, as they are ranked 7th in the league at 107.1 points per contest.
This season, the Raptors offense has primarily worked through Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 58 games, Siakam is 25th in the NBA at 24.4 points per game. So far, him and VanVleet have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 43.5 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Fred VanVleet is grabbing 4.2 rebounds for Toronto to go along with 7.0 assists.
Nuggets vs Raptors Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Raptors -1
- Free Total Prediction: Over 228.5