Denver Nuggets (40-34) at Toronto Raptors (54-20)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 27, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Raptors -9 -- Over/Under: 226.5
The Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Denver Nuggets need a win to stay in the playoff race after splitting their last 12 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 109.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.3 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Gary Harris is averaging 17.7 points and three assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 17.7 points and 10.5 rebounds. Jamal Murray is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is dishing 4.1 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Toronto Raptors look to get back on track with a victory after splitting their last six games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.4 points and 3.9 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.7 points and 6.8 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last eight games.
The Nuggets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 4-13 ATS in their last 17 Tuesday games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Nuggets are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto, 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the road team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Denver Nuggets still can't find ways to win games on the road and are on the end of a back to back, playing a Toronto Raptors squad that's outscoring teams by 10.2 points at home. Heading to Toronto or leaving Toronto for a back to back is brutal given the travel and having to get past checkpoints, security, etc is awful. The Raptors are also 13-6 ATS this season when favored by at least nine points, while the Nuggets have been an underdog of at least nine points just twice this season, and they failed to cover both times. I like the Raptors to win this game by double digits.