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2021 NBA Handicapping
(26-36) Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets (41-21)
Date: Thursday, April 29th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Ball Arena, Denver Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
Thursday, April 29th the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets play for the third and final time this season. Toronto won the initial meeting on March 24 by a score of 135-111.
Last season, the squads played twice with each team winning one contest. The Nuggets hold the all-time record having won 29 matches of the 49 played.
For three quarters plus 3:45 of the final frame, Toronto made a game of it versus Brooklyn. But having played the night prior and down key members of their bench they simply ran out of gas.
That plus Kevin Durant proved too much to stop in key moments. Still, there are signs this squad has the goods to go on a run in spite of the harrowing 10 dates remaining on the schedule.
Of lineups that have played more than three times this season, the new Raptors starting rotation that includes Khem Birch is feasting. They top the league in points and differential.
It begs the question of where the Raptors would be if they’d had Birch or any capable center this season. Now they’ll embark on a four-game Western road trip featuring the Nuggets, Jazz, and two LA teams with three of those matches occurring in four days.
Toronto trails the Wizards by 1.5 games and Bulls by a half-game but if they can do well on this trip the one saving grace is they’ll play both the Bulls and Wizards.
The worst loss Denver suffered this season was to the Raptors with a 24 point differential. Granted the Nuggets were playing the second game of a back-to-back.
They’ve won seven of their last eight matches including Wednesday against the Pelicans.
Once again, the Nuggets are playing on consecutive nights but the Raptors are also fatigued playing their third game in four days and without Gary Trent Jr., Chris Boucher, or Paul Watson.
In the first meeting, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic each scored 20 points, Michael Porter Jr. chipped in 19 but they were the crux of the offense. The Raptors starters outscored the Nuggets 99 to 70.
Denver has rebounded well from the loss of Murray with MPJ stepping up and PJ Dozier taking a larger role. In the win versus New Orleans, Jokic made the game-saving block on Zion Williamson and scored 32 points while MPJ dropped 28.
Murray (ACL) is gone for the season. Monte Morris and Will Barton are likely out too.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Nuggets are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-2-2 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
Aaron Gordon wasn’t with the Nuggets when the teams faced each other in Tampa Bay but neither was Khem Birch or Freddie Gillespie.
There’s no love lost between Gordon and Lowry in an ongoing saga that began in the bubble. Lowry fouled Gordon as he went up for a dunk that resulted in him landing awkwardly and injuring his hamstring.
Gordon had to wait until January 31st to get his payback via an aggressive open court shoulder check that resulted in a flagrant one for his efforts. Gordon sprained his ankle in the same match so missed the second Raptors-Magic meeting. No doubt that will serve as some fuel between the clubs Thursday.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +6.5
Denver is a game back of the third-place Clippers while Toronto is two games back of the 10th place Wizards and in must-win mode.
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