Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 3/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+1)
Amalie Arena is the venue where and the Toronto Raptors (17-26) will take on the Denver Nuggets (25-17) on Wednesday. Toronto opens this game as 1-point favorites. The total has been set at 224.5.
The Denver Nuggets stepped onto the hardwood against the New Orleans Pelicans and went home with a loss by a final score of 113-108 in their last contest. Denver ended the contest having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (44 out of 88) and made 12 of their 34 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nuggets knocked down 8 of 10 shots for a percentage of 80.0%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 37 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 30 dimes in this game while forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and having 9 steals. When it comes to defending, Denver allowed 48.2% from the field on 41 out of 85 shooting. New Orleans distributed 26 assists and had 8 steals in the matchup. Additionally, New Orleans totaled 45 boards (14 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 5 blocks. New Orleans ended up going 76.7% at the charity stripe by converting 23 of 30 tries. They made 8 out of their 28 shots from downtown.
Nikola Jokic is a guy who was a major factor for this game. He accumulated 29 points on 13 of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 34:37 minutes and snagged 10 rebounds. Jokic ended up shooting 68.4% from the field and also distributed 10 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Nuggets was Jamal Murray. He collected 3 rebounds in 34:32 min played. He walked away from this one shooting 56.3% from the floor in the game by shooting 9-of-16 (23 points). In all, Murray had accumulated 7 assists.
Denver enters this contest with a mark of 25-17 so far this season. The Nuggets are hitting 38.8% on three-point attempts (565 of 1,456) and 78.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 115.9 points per outing (4th in the league) on 48.8% from the field. They cough up possession 13.5 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.3 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Denver is pulling down 43.9 boards per game and has totaled 1,131 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 4th in the NBA in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Nuggets are forcing their opponents into 14.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.7 fouls. They concede 36.1% on shots from distance and they are 9th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (110.7). The Nuggets defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.9% (605 of 826) and they surrender 41.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 26th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,117 surrendered for the year.
In their last game, the Toronto Raptors walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 117-99 when they played the Houston Rockets. The Raptors were able to snag 36 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 for the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while recording 6 steals for this contest. The Rockets had 21 fouls for the contest which got the Raptors to the charity stripe for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of those for a clip of 78.9%. Concerning 3-pointers, Toronto buried 10 out of their 40 tries (25.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Raptors went 37 out of 87 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.5%. The Raptors allowed the Rockets to knock down 41 of their 90 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.6% for the matchup. They shot 38.9% from beyond the arc by shooting 14 out of 36 and ended up going 21 out of 26 at the free throw line (80.8%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Toronto permitted Houston to collect 47 in total (10 offensive).
Fred VanVleet ended up having an impact for the Raptors in the matchup. He converted 9 of 17 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 52.9%, and had 8 rebounds. VanVleet tallied 27 points in his 40:48 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Toronto was Pascal Siakam. He ended up with 3 assists in 35:46 mins played, and he put in 9 out of 18 from the floor. Siakam finished going 50.0% from the floor while earning 21 points and 10 boards.
Toronto has a mark of 17-26 for the campaign. Toronto has totaled 4,814 pts so far this season (112.0 per contest) and they average 41.0 rebounds per contest. The Raptors commit 22.3 fouls every game and they shoot 82.5% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Raptors are shooting 44.7% from the field, which ranks 25th in the league. They are assisting teammates 25.0 times per game (14th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per contest. The Raptors on the defensive side of the court are 18th in the league in PPG surrendered with 112.4. They have allowed 26.7 assists and 46.0 total boards per game, which ranks them 28th and 23rd in the league. The Toronto defense gives up 37.8% on 3-point shots (611 of 1,617) and opponents are making 79.4% of their foul shots. They are forcing 16.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.0% from the field (11th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (-1)
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