Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/1/13
Denver Nuggets (9-6) at Toronto Raptors (6-9)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The surging Denver Nuggets travel to Canada to face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon basketball.
Head to head, the Nuggets are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings while the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Nuggets on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall, but just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Atlantic.
The Denver Nuggets continue to pile up the victories as they come into today's showdown with the Toronto Raptors riding a five-game winning streak. After dropping their first three games of the season under first-year head coach Brian Shaw, the Nuggets have quickly turned things around as they have won nine of 12 since. There's no doubt Denver has to improve on the defensive end if they want to make some noise in the Western Conference this season, however, their offensive and rebounding numbers are top notch as they rank in the top six in the league in both categories.
Today's game marks the first of a six-game road trip for the Nuggets and if they can get over the line in this one, they could win all six. The trip to Toronto is followed by visits to Brooklyn, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, all teams with sub .500 records.
Given that Miami was only a five and a half point favorite in Toronto on Wednesday night, I would expect Denver to be around a two point favorite in this one given Ty Lawson is playing. Needless to say, I'll be taking the Nuggets whatever the line is. Not only are they one of the three hottest teams in the NBA at the moment, but they are coming up against a Raptors team that just doesn't play well at home against good competition, losing to Chicago, Portland and Miami twice.
While Toronto has traditionally played well in these 1pm Sunday time slots, you can't look past how well the Nuggs have been playing lately...
Dan’s Pick: Denver (whatever the line is)
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