Toronto Raptors (23-8) at Denver Nuggets (19-9)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 16, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Denver Nuggets +2 -- Over/Under:
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The Denver Nuggets play host to the Toronto Raptors at the Pepsi Center on Sunday night.
The Toronto Raptors were the best team in the league through the first 24 games but they’ve since fallen off the pace with four losses in their last seven games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the Trailblazers in a 128-122 road loss on Friday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 28 points and four assists, Fred VanVleet added 21 points while Danny Green chipped in with 19 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Raptors shot a healthy 55 percent from the field and 18 of 31 from the 3-point line but their reserves were outscored by 58-26 as VanVleet was shifted into the starting lineup in place of the injured Kyle Lowry who sat out with a left thigh bruise. With the loss, Toronto fell to 23-8 overall and 12-4 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in great form as they’ve won nine of their last 11 games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after taking down the red-hot Thunder in a 109-98 home win on Friday. Nikola Jokic led the way with 24 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, Jamal Murray added 19 points while Juan Hernangomez chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Nuggets shot 50 percent from the field and 11 of 34 from the 3-point line as they outlasted the Thunder in a chippy affair to improve to 19-9 on the season and 11-3 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven Sunday games, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on one days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last six against the NBA Northwest. The Nuggets are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings, the Raptors are 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall and 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Denver.
Two of the best teams in the collide as the Raptors take on the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Raptors have been one of the most consistent teams all season but they could again be without their starting point guard in Kyle Lowry who sat out last game with a thigh bruise. The Nuggets have won nine of their last 11 games to climb up the Western Conference standings and they've been money at home where they are 5-0 ATS in their last five games. This should be a close one, but with the Raptors likely shorthanded again, I'm going with the Nuggets to come away with the win at home.