The second-best squads of each NBA conference are clashing today, when the tied for second in the West Denver Nuggets (40-19), are hosting the second in the East Toronto Raptors (42-17), with both teams having won their last one and two games respectively and looking to bounce back in this game.
Date/Time: 03-01-2020, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -5
Denver Nuggets have a 40-19 record (27-28-4 against the spread) and are tied with the Clippers in the second place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Clippers with a 103-132 score, not beating the odds. Nikola Jokic leads the team in scoring with 20.8 ppg, in rebounding with 10 and in assists made with 6.7 per game. Jamal Murray follows with 18.7 ppg, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Toronto Raptors have a 42-17 record (33-26 against the spread) and are sitting in the second place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Hornets with a 96-99 score, not beating the odds. Pascal Siakam leads the team in scoring with 23.7 ppg, adding 7.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Kyle Lowry follows with 19.2 ppg, 4.8 rebounds and a team high 7.7 assists per game.
Nuggets won both meetings against the Raptors last season. They won at home with a 95-86 score and on the road 10-106. Nuggets are 23-7 at home, while the Raptors are 19-8 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 112.7 ppg to Nuggets’ 110.5 and defensively, allowing 106 ppg to Nuggets’ 107.2. Nuggets on the other hand have a better field goal percentage (46.9% to 45.8%), while Raptors have a better 3-point percentage (37.3% to 35.6%). Raptors are better in rebounding (45.5 to 44.5), while Nuggets are better both in assists made (26.4 to 25.5) and in turnovers committed (13.5 to 14.5). Bookmakers the Nuggets a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Toronto Raptors vs Denver Nuggets Pick: Denver Nuggets -5 (-110)
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