The two best squads of each conference are clashing today in the high caliber duel, when the best in the East Toronto Raptors (20-4), looking to extend the longest active winning streak currently in the league, are hosting the best in the West Denver Nuggets (15-7), who want to extend a winning streak of their own.
Date/Time: 12-03-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -6
Toronto Raptors have a 20-4 record (12-12 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the whole league. They have eight consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Cavaliers with a 106-95 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 25.5 ppg, adding a team high 8.6 boards per game. He is followed by Serge Ibaka with 16.5 ppg and 7.5 boards per game.
Denver Nuggets have a 15-7 record (13-9 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the West. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Blazers with a 113-112 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 17.3 ppg, adding 3.4 boards and 3 dimes per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 17.1 ppg, 4.2 boards and 4.6 dimes per game.
In their two meetins last season each team won at home (Raptors by 4 points and Nuggets by 18). Raptors have a 10-2 home record this season, while the Nuggets are 6-4 on the road. Raptors are better offensively, scoring 117.1 ppg to Nuggets’ 110.4, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 102.7 ppg to Raptors’ 108.4 ppg. Raptors have better percentages both in field goals (49.4% to 46.5%) and in 3-pointers (35% to 34.7%). Nuggets on the other hand are better in boards grabbed (47.2 to 45.9), in dimes made (26.5 to 25.1) and in turnovers committed (13.5 to 14.2). Raptors have been very strong at home and Vegas odds give them a -6 spread and expect them to utilize the home court advantage and beat the odds today.
Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -6 (-108)
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