Denver Nuggets (46-26) at Toronto Raptors (52-19)
NBA Basketball: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 1:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -2 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the HP Field House.
The Denver Nuggets could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 111.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 108.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 20.2 points and 9.9 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 18.6 points and 4.9 assists. Will Barton is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game.
The Toronto Raptors look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 23.1 points and 7.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 19.5 points and 7.5 assists. Fred VanVleet is the third double-digit scorer and Norman Powell is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Toronto and 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Toronto and 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings.
Neither of these teams have anything to play for with the playoff matches already set, and an early start, this could be a sloppy game all across the board. Lots of guys who don't play much and lots of turnovers. With that said, I'd lean toward the Nuggets and the free bucket. The Denver Nuggets have spent a lot of time in the bubble playing undermanned, so a lot of the guys who should see starter minutes in this game are guys who have been seeing consistent minutes anyway. I wouldn't touch this game personally, but the Nuggets get the slight lean.