The NBA season rolls on and we go straight in early on this time with a pick in order to try and take advantage of some poor lines early on.
Cleveland/Toronto @ 2.22 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
TOR Raptors to beat DEN Nuggets @ 1.79 (Pinnacle) – 2.5 points
The Toronto Raptors have been in great form recently going on 8-2 on their current run of form and will look to continue that on this back to back night against the Denver Nuggets. The Raptors have been on a great run of scoring form in their recent games. They put in a spirited performance against the Clippers last night and will get a decent 12 hours rest in order to be ready for this game against a slightly weaker Nuggets team.
The Raptors have been led well by Lowry, Valanciunas as well as good support from Vasquez, Johnson, Ross, Hansbrough and Williams in the absence of Fields and DeRozan who are out with injuries. Last night they showed some great work on the offensive end especially when it came to crashing the boards to help them make a lot of second chance opportunities while also netting 16 fast break points. The Raptors scoring has been high with over 110 points per game in their last 4 games, and I think they will look to continue this form tonight.
The Nuggets have been in decent form at home with 3 straight games beating Minnesota, Brooklyn and LA Clippers; and for their sake will hope their home form continues against the Raptors tonight. They have been fairly inconsistent with their performances, and won at home extremely closely in those 3 games by less than 4 points; so it could technically be anyone’s game tonight. The problem for the Nuggets is on the defensive end. They are bottom 4 of the NBA with 104 points per game. They are also in the bottom 4 in their own field goal percentage with 43%.
I am reasonably confident that the Raptors will be able to seal off with a win tonight; and let’s hope the Nuggets do not spoil my pick with them for another team.
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