Toronto Raptors at Denver Nuggets NBA Picks & Predictions 12/16/2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018
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The Toronto Raptors travel to Pepsi Center to play the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, December 16, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto as 2.5 point favorites.
The Raptors have a record of 23-8. They are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They have a point differential of 8.1 as they average 115.8 points per game while giving up 107.7 per contest. The Nuggets have an overall mark of 19-9. They currently are 1st in the Northwest Division. They total 109.9 points per contest and give up 103.5, which is a point differential of 6.5.
Valuable Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
The Toronto Raptors are 15-16-0 against the spread
The Toronto Raptors are 18-13-0 against the over/under
Important Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 17-11-0 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 11-17-0 against the over/under
Key Toronto Raptors Injuries
12/15/18 PG Kyle Lowry Back is questionable Sunday vs Denver
12/15/18 F Pascal Siakam Back is questionable Sunday vs Denver
12/14/18 C Jonas Valanciunas Thumb is out 4-6 weeks
11/06/18 SF Norman Powell Shoulder is out indefinitely
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
12/07/18 G Gary Harris Hip is out indefinitely
12/07/18 F Paul Millsap Toe is out indefinitely
10/22/18 G Will Barton Hip is out indefinitely
10/11/18 G Isaiah Thomas Hip is out indefinitely
Kyle Lowry comes into this contest averaging 14.2 points per game while playing 34.2 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 10.0 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 83%. Kawhi Leonard averages 26.2 points per game in 34.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.0 assists per contest and 8.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Nikola Jokic averages 17.4 points per game while playing 30.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 10.0 rebounds per game and has 7.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Jamal Murray averages 17.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.4 rebounds per contest and 4.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
Toronto averages 115.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 8.1 and their shooting percentage is 49% as a team, which has them ranked 2nd. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 45.5 rebounds per game and 25.3 assists per game, which ranks them 15th and 9th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 13.8 per game. The Raptors allow 107.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 5th and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.2 rebounds a game which ranks 13th and they give up 24.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 19th place in the league. They force 14.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver is 16th in the league with 109.9 points per game this year. They are 13th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 6.5. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 23rd in the NBA. They are 7th in the league in rebounding with 47.2 boards per game, and 3rd in assists per contest with 26.9. The Nuggets are 22nd in turnovers per game with 13.7. The Nuggets surrender 103.5 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 8th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 9th with 23.3 assists allowed per contest and 1st with 41.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Nuggets were 11th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.0 per game last season.
The Raptors are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 107.1, and their offensive rating of 115.1 is ranked 7th. They are 14th in the NBA in pace with 99.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 2nd. As a unit they are 2nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 9th in the NBA. Toronto is 17th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 28th in the NBA.
Denver is 20th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 22nd in the league. The Nuggets are 7th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.5, and their defensive rating of 105.9 is ranked 5th. In terms of pace they are 27th in the league with 97 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 15th. As a team they are 18th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 20th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Raptors/Nuggets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Toronto -2.5
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