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Raptors vs. Nuggets - 12/8/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (9-11) at Toronto Raptors (15-5)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -9 -- Over/Under: 216.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ALT, TSN2, NBATV

The Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors play Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Denver Nuggets have lost three straight games and will end their three-game road trip. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 104.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 105.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Ty Lawson leads Denver with 16.5 points and 10.3 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 14.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 6.7 rebounds per game and Wilson Chandler 7-16 from three in his last two games. The Denver Nuggets defense has been their weakness all season but they’ve shot less than 38 percent from the field in their last two games. The Nuggets need to find their stroke again, as they are 1-4 SU this season when scoring less than 100 points.

Raptors vs. Nuggets - 12/8/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Raptors have lost three of their last five games and are clearly missing DeMar DeRozan. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 108.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 100 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.7 points and 6.9 assists while Louis Williams is averaging 13.7 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.1 rebounds per game and Terrence Ross has 17 points in his last two games. The Toronto Raptors are really struggling on the defensive side without DeRozan, as they’re allowing 100.6 points on 48.8 percent shooting in their last five games. The Raptors have allowed 100 or more points in seven straight games, putting tons of pressure on an offense that’s missing its second-leading scorer.

The Nuggets are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 0 days rest and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Northwest. The Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Toronto and 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall.

I can't lay that much chalk with a Raptors team that's struggling without one of its top players. The Nuggets have an offense that is bound to get going and they've done great against the number when playing teams from the East. I'm taking the points here. 

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Denver Nuggets +9

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