Toronto Raptors (4-2) at Denver Nuggets (3-4)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -1 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Pepsi Center.
The Toronto Raptors look for a third straight road victory to build on their 4-2 overall record. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 109 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.7 points and 4.5 assists while Serge Ibaka is averaging 15 points and five rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 7.3 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 29.9 percent from beyond the arc and 83.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven road games. Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka are questionable with injuries.
The Denver Nuggets look for their second home win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 104 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 104.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 17.3 points and 11.3 rebounds while Gary Harris is averaging 14.4 points and 2.9 assists. Paul Millsap is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is dishing 2.7 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won six of their last 10 home games.
The Raptors are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Denver, 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Raptors are dealing with injuries to Valanciunas and Ibaka, and the Nuggets have played their best basketball at home. I also feel like it's only a matter of time before the Nuggets start to jell and put wins together. Without two key players or even two key players banged up, the Raptors are putting even more pressure on their star backcourt to carry the team. I like Jokic to have a big game and for the Nuggets to get the victory in this toss-up.