NBA Picks: Raptors 11-Game Winning Streak In Jeopardy vs. Nuggets

LT Profits Sports Group

Monday, February 1, 2016 6:54 PM GMT

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 6:54 PM GMT

The Toronto Raptors own the longest winning streak in the NBA at 11 games, but tonight could be a test when visiting the Denver Nuggets. Don't miss our NBA picks for this game.

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Free NBA Pick: Nuggets +5½
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The longest winning streak in the NBA could be in jeopardy Monday night, or at the very least it could be a treacherous spot to be giving points on the road when those red-hot Toronto Raptors (32-15, 27-20 ATS) begin a six-game road trip as they pay a visit to the Denver Nuggets (18-30, 25-21 ATS) in high altitude at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO at 9:05 ET in a game available on Altitude.

The point spread at 5Dimes has Denver as a moderate home underdog for this contest with the current line at +5½ on the NBA odds board at odds of -103.

 

Solid Two-Seeds In The East
It almost appeared to be a foregone conclusion before the season and even early on during the year that the Cleveland Cavaliers would represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals, but LeBron & Co. may have some serious competition after all as the second-seeded Raptors are now the hottest team in the NBA having won 11 straight games, as they have pulled to within 2½ games of the Cavs atop the conference.

Denver has no such aspirations to win the Western Conference as it is 12 games under .500 and 4½ games out of the eighth and final playoff spot, but this has been a team on the rise since New Year’s Day as the Nuggets are a hearty 10-3 ATS and a respectable 6-7 straight up as NBA picks over the last 13 games, coinciding with the return of leading scorer Danilo Gallinari (19.5 points per game) from an ankle injury.

 

Longest Winning Streak In Franchise History
Not only do the Raptors have the longest winning streak in the league but the 11-game streak is also the longest in he history of the franchise. Toronto broke its old franchise mark of nine straight wins by winning its 10th straight vs. the New York Knicks on Thursday before holding on for its 11th straight win 111-107 over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, wrapping up a 7-0 home stand north of the border.

However, Coach Dwayne Casey was not at all pleased about how the Raptors closed the game out on Saturday, as they shot just 36.8 percent from the field in the fourth quarter and committed five of their 13 turnovers in the final six minutes while have a 20-point lead of 98-78 trimmed to the four-point final margin, much to the chagrin of those that backed Toronto -8 on the NBA odds!

That performance could leave the Raptors vulnerable here, leaving the comforts of home and turning up as road favorites while playing one mile above sea level. And remember that the Nuggets did go into Canada and upset the Raptors 106-105 as 11-point underdogs the first time these clubs met this season.

 

Scoring Has Picked Up Nicely
The Nuggets are now meeting another Eastern Conference opponent after returning home from a three-game East road trip, and although Denver won just once outright in Washington during that trip, it did go a perfect 3-0 ATS, with the win sandwiched between a covering 111-103 loss at Boston and most recently a narrow 109-105 overtime loss at Indiana on Saturday, running Denver’s current ATS streak to 7-1 the last eight games.

The return of Gallinari has been huge, as while the Nuggets remain 20th in the NBA in points scored at 100.2 per game overall, that average stands at a whopping 108.5 per game during the 7-1 ATS run with Denver topping 100 points in every single one of the eight games. Granted, the Raptors are fifth in the league in points against surrendering only 96.7 per game, but the defense has had some let-ups like it did Saturday since DeMarre Carroll want down with a knee injury.

Besides, Carroll was active the first time these teams met and that did not prevent Denver from putting up 106 points in Toronto. The Nuggets are also quite capable of speeding this game up at home to their desired fast tempo, and we feel that should lead to enough points for Denver to at the very least throw a scare into the Raptors if not end the long winning streak outright.

 

Nuggets Head-To-Head Success
Finally, the Nuggets have had good head-to-head success vs. the two-time defending Atlantic Division champs going 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings. Denver is also a spiffy 7-1 ATS in its last eight games overall and a perfect 7-0 ATS in its last seven games following a straight up loss.

The Raptors may be on fire, but it is never easy for an Eastern Conference team to begin a road trip in high altitude and with Denver being extremely competitive as of late, we recommend taking the points with the home underdog hosting Toronto on Monday.

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