Streaking Raptors Will Be Too Much For Nuggets To Handle Monday

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Jordan Sharp

Sunday, December 2, 2018 6:53 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 6:53 PM UTC

Two of the top teams in the standings will battle on Monday night, and with the game being in Toronto, the Raptors have a distinct advantage over the Nuggets. Bet confidently with tips from SBRpicks.com.

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Denver (15-7 SU, 13-9 ATS) at Toronto (20-4 SU, 11-12-1 ATS)Monday, 7:30 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Raptors ATSBest Line Offered: Pinnacle

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The Toronto Raptors look like serious threats to the Warriors’ rein as champions -- if that ends up being the NBA Finals matchup. With the Nuggets coming into town Monday night, Toronto makes for a really tough matchup on many different levels.

Home-Court Advantage And Road Struggles

Not only have the Raptors been putting up some big numbers at home this season, but the Nuggets have felt the pressure at times away from the Pepsi Center. They may have covered and won their last five games SU, but the Nuggets see their stats dip considerably on the road.

Denver’s defense has been their calling card this year, even though it didn’t play well in their last game against the Blazers. However, that has been a theme for the Nuggets throughout the first quarter of their games.

Playing at home the Nuggets are scoring nearly 115 points per 100 possessions and only giving up about 101. However, when they head out on the road, they score about seven fewer points on offense and give up another 5-6 on defense per 100 possessions.

Toronto is averaging nearly 117 points per 100 possessions at home this season, and with a pace of more than 101 possessions per game, they are going to put an immense amount of pressure on this stout Nuggets defense.

This is a tough hill to climb, especially when you are heading to one of the tougher places to play in the NBA this season. Toronto’s defense hasn’t particularly been great at home, but there are several matchups for the Raptors that they are going to be able to exploit against Denver.

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The Sharp Pick

The Nuggets are playing really well, so the absence of Will Barton has gone pretty unnoticed. With Wilson Chandler going to Philadelphia, Barton was elevated to the starting small forward job before getting hurt.

Without him the Nuggets have played well, but they have not been as good defensively on the wing as they could be with him in the lineup. Gary Harris is a nice defender, but with Kawhi Leonard likely locked in on him defensively on Monday, I doubt he’ll be able to do anything.

The Raptors have enough depth to keep Nikola Jokic at bay, and as long as Kyle Lowry is OK to play, his presence defensively will slow the All-Star-worthy season that Jamal Murray is having.

Lowry sat out Saturday for the Raptors against the Cavaliers, but that could also have been the Raptors just playing it safe with their high-priced veteran point guard. If Lowry was just sitting out for rest and not because of a serious injury, the Raptors are the play ATS in this one.

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