We have an eight-game slate in the NBA scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, and here you can read the best Nuggets vs. Raptors betting pick and odds.
Denver is desperate to avoid the fourth consecutive defeat when they visit Toronto at Scotiabank Arena. The Nuggets are 2-point favorites on BetDSI Sportsbook, while the total is set at N/A points. These inter-conference rivals will face for the second time this year; the Nuggets won 118-113 in Denver a week ago.
Nuggets fell short of the Nets at home
The Denver Nuggets (46-22, 37-31-0 ATS) are opening their five-game road trip after suffering three straight losses. The Nuggets didn’t lose four times in a row this season, but now they are facing that negative streak following a 122-120 home defeat to the Brooklyn Nets. Denver had a chance to snatch a win at the buzzer, but Nikola Jokic’s three-pointer wasn’t successful. The Nuggets shot 50.0% from the field and dominated the boards (49-28), but the Nets were better defensively and recorded 11 steals opposite Denver’s four.
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with a triple-double of a game-high 35 points, game-high 20 rebounds, and team-high 11 assists along with two steals and two blocks. Michael Porter Jr. had 23 points and four dishes, Jamal Murray scored 16 points, and Aaron Gordon added 13 points and four boards.
PF Zeke Nnaji (shoulder) is out indefinitely. PG Jamal Murray (knee) is questionable for Tuesday’s matchup against Toronto.
Raptors lost to the Lakers in Los Angeles
The Toronto Raptors (32-36, 33-35-0 ATS) returned home from a five-game road trip on which they lost four and are on a three-game losing skid. The most recent defeat came to the Los Angeles Lakers after a poor display in the fourth quarter, in which the Raptors allowed 37 and scored just 22 points. On the bright side, Toronto’s defense forced 20 turnovers and committed 13 in return, while the Raptors had 14 steals opposite Los Angeles’ eight. The Raptors will not spend seven of their next eight games at home.
Scottie Barnes led the Raptors in a 122-112 loss with a game-high 32 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. OG Anunoby scored 31 points with game-high five steals, Jakob Poeltl posted a double-double of 17 points and game-high ten boards along with four assists, Pascal Siakam added 12 points and four rebounds, while Fred VanVleet had eight points, game-high ten dimes, four boards, and three thefts.
SF Otto Porter Jr. (foot) is done for the season.
- 0-4 ATS in the last four games overall
- 1-4 ATS in the last five games playing on one day of rest
- 9-3 ATS in the last 12 home games.
- 4-0 ATS in the last four games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- 6-2 ATS in the last eight games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record
Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors Pick
The Nuggets are more efficient offensively as they average 116.9 points per game opposite Toronto’s 112.4 points per contest. However, the Raptors are a bit stronger defensively; they allow 112.2 ppg opposite Denver’s 113.0 ppg, and they have been playing very well at home lately. Toronto won six of the previous seven at home and will be happy to play there following a disappointing five-game road trip. The Raptors owe the Nuggets for a 118-113 defeat in Denver a week ago, and I am backing them to at least cover on Tuesday.
Pick: Take the Raptors at +3.5 (-133)
The Raptors are playing a solid home defense, but they are facing the two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets, so it’s going to be hard to keep the visitors below 115 points here. Denver scored at least 120 points in five of their previous seven games. Over is 23-9-1 in the last 33 H2H meetings; Over is 8-2 in the previous ten H2H duels in Toronto, Over is 6-1 in the Nuggets’ last seven games following a straight-up loss, while Over is 6-1 in the Raptors’ previous seven vs. a team with a winning straight-up record.
Pick: Go Over N/A points