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Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (15-7) at Toronto Raptors (20-4)
Date & Time Monday December 3, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -6.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5
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NBA | Denver Nuggets (15-7) at Toronto Raptors (20-4)
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The Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors meet Monday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Denver Nuggets look for a statement victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 110.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Gary Harris is averaging 17.3 points and three assists while Jamal Murray is averaging 17.1 points and 4.2 rebounds. Nikola Jokic is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing seven rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.2 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won five of their last eight road games.

The Toronto Raptors look to also stay hot while building on their eight-game winning streak. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 117.1 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 25.5 points and 8.6 rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Pascal Siakam is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 10 of their last 12 home games.

The Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Nuggets are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Toronto and 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Nuggets last 6 overall. The over is 5-1 in Raptors last 6 overall.

The Denver Nuggets are slowly starting to play like the team we expected to see all year, but they've been shaky on the road at times and are still looking for that big victory to prove they can hang with the leagues best. The Toronto Raptors have been the most consistent team in the league all year and are outscoring teams by nine points at home this season. The Raptors are also 6-3 ATS this season when a favorite of under nine points. Give me the Raptors and the reasonable chalk.

Toronto Raptors -6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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