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(4-2) Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets (3-4)
Date: Wednesday November 1
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 213.5
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The Nuggets enter this game coming off a disappointing six-point loss to the New York Knicks. Toronto, on the other hand, has won its last two games, most recently a 14-point road win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Toronto is dealing with some injuries to its frontcourt right now, which could be a problem against Denver considering Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap are the Nuggets’ two best players.
The good news for Toronto is that Millsap has drastically underperformed in comparison to the expectations entering the year. The other good news is that the Raptors are a frontcourt-centric team anyway.
As the Raptors’ backcourt goes, the Raptors go. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are two highly potent scorers and playmakers and the 1 and 2, respectively. That’s going to cause the Nuggets a lot of trouble.
The Nuggets would be smart in this one to get Nikola Mirotic more involved in the offense. He’s proven he’s arguably the best playmaker at the center position in the entire NBA, yet his usage rate is lower than Emmanuel Mudiay, Jamal Murray, Will Barton and Millsap.
That can’t be the case for the rest of the season, and it certainly shouldn’t be the case against the Raptors on Wednesday.
The other strategy for finding success in this one is forcing the Raptors into a pace they’re unfamiliar with. Toronto is technically running at a faster pace than the Nuggets this season, but Denver is better built to play downhill.
If the Nuggets can run a fast-paced game without losing control of the ball too frequently, they’ll be able to find an edge over a team that’ll be looking to compete for hoe-court advantage in the postseason.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
- TOR are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Denver.
- Over is 7-1 in DEN last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Under is 10-2 in DEN last 12 overall.
- Over is 21-8-1 in TOR last 30 vs. NBA Northwest.
- TOR are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
The line hasn’t yet been set for this game, but we know that the road team has been together a win against the spread in eight out of the last 10 matchups between these two franchises.
Keep an eye out for the line when it’s finally announced.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
If the Nuggets are able to play a clean game, they should have a chance at coming away with a straight up win. The problem is that they currently sit at 16th in the league in offensive efficiency (points scored per 100 possessions) and 18th in defensive efficiency (points allowed per 100 possessions).
Their most recent outing against the lowly New York Knicks doesn’t give us much confidence they can be efficient, so the safer bet at this juncture is the Lowry- and DeRozan-led Raptors.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto Raptors 107 – Denver Nuggets 99
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