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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors
December 20, 2023
The Denver Nuggets will travel to Toronto, Ontario to face the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena with the game scheduled to start at 7:30 PM ET on Wednesday evening.
Denver enters this game in 3
place in the Western Conference with a record of 18-10 while winning four of their last five games including a 130-104 win at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Nikola Jokic has played a pivotal role in the success the Nuggets have had this season as he leads the team in scoring, rebounds, and assists with an average of 26.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 9.4 assists per game.
Jokic’s play has the Nuggets playing at a high level offensively as they enter this game averaging 115.25 points per game while allowing the 5
fewest points per game in the NBA with an average of 110.54 points per game. The Denver Nuggets will look to build off the momentum following the blowout win against the Dallas Mavericks when they travel to face the Toronto Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors have been a below-average team this season as they enter this matchup in 11
place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 11-15, however, they have won two of their last three games including Monday’s 114-99 win at home against the Charlotte Hornets.
The Raptors have been an above-average team defensively as they enter this game allowing an average of 114.19 points per game, however, they play at a slower tempo than the average team in the league which has led them to be a below-average scoring team as they enter this game averaging 112.54 points per game which is below the league average of 115.09 points per game.
Scottie Barnes has played at an All-Star level in his 2
season in the NBA as he is 2
on the team in scoring and leads the team in rebounds, steals, and blocks with an average of 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.58 steals, and 1.31 blocks per game. The Toronto Raptors will look to build off the momentum following Monday’s win against the Charlotte Hornets when they host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday evening.
BookMaker has the Denver Nuggets listed as 5-point favorites
on the road against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday evening. Denver has won six of the last ten while Toronto has won two of the last three meetings.
The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten while the Raptors have covered the spread in three straight games in the series. The Denver Nuggets are 12-15-1 ATS overall, 5-10 ATS on the road, and 11-13-1 ATS as a favorite this season while the Toronto Raptors are 12-13-1 ATS overall, 8-7 ATS at home, and 6-7-1 ATS as an underdog on the year.
Denver enters this game with a better record, however, Toronto has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three meetings. The Raptors have also covered the spread in three straight games in the series while the Nuggets have been one of the worst teams in the NBA at covering the spread on the road with a record of 5-10 ATS on the road. Take the points with the Toronto Raptors when they host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday evening.
Spooky Express Pick: Toronto Raptors +5
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