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(15-7) Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors (20-4)
Date: Monday, December 3
Time: 7:30PM EST
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
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Monday, December 3 finds the teams who sit atop their respective conferences facing each other. The Denver Nuggets are the visiting squad facing hosts the Toronto Raptors in their first time in the 2018-19 regular season.
In their last game the Nuggets eeked out a one point victory over the Blazers while the Raptors extended their win streak to eight with a victory over the Cavaliers.
Last season, the teams split the season series. The Nuggets hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 26 of their 44 matches.
Gary Harris who missed the two games prior to Friday played a big role in the win over Portland. His late three ended up being the winning bucket.
Harris scored 27 points to lead his team with four others contributing double digit efforts. That quartet was Paul Millsap (22), Monte Morris (16), Nikola Jokic (15) and Jamal Murray (10).
Murray will have added inspiration as he hails from Kitchener just outside Toronto, so he’ll want to make an impression on what is the closest thing to his home town team.
Will Barton and Isaiah Thomas both had right hip surgery and are each expected back mid December.
Players who’ll be out for a longer term are Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) and, Michael Porter Jr. is (back surgery to repair a herniated disc).
The NBA team to register 20 wins first is the Raptors who have lost just two games at home and two on the road. Aside from a three-game losing streak and one to the Bucks the Raptors have strung together long win streaks.
Their current streak came with big victories versus the Grizzlies and Warriors. Toronto had to overcome a 17 point deficit in Memphis and a 51 scoring onslaught by Kevin Durant to win in overtime at home.
Each of the starters scored in double digits in Cleveland with Kawhi Leonard (34) leading the way.
Kyle Lowry missed the game in Cleveland due to a sore back and was battling a tweaked ankle. Given Lowry led the Raptors in their 5-0 record in second games of back to back games when Leonard was out this could also be viewed as rest for the Raptors other star.
Norman Powell continues to rehab from a shoulder injury sustained in Utah on November 5 and is expected back mid December.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 6-4 in last 10 head to head meetings.
- Nuggets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 head to head contests.
- Over-Under is 7-1-2 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Denver Raptors NBA Prediction:
These two squads have the longest current win streaks in the Association with the Raptors looking for their ninth win and the Nuggets their sixth in a row.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors win, but take the Nuggets +5.5
Both squads have raised their perimeter defensive efforts with Denver ranked second and Toronto ranked sixth. Therefore the team who best handles paint scoring and defense will likely prevail.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 117 – Nuggets 113
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