The Toronto Raptors (32-33) and Denver Nuggets (45-19) meet Monday at Ball Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Raptors vs. Nuggets odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Raptors covered the spread as 2.5-point favorites Saturday with a 116-109 overtime win at the Washington Wizards. G Fred VanVleet scored 25 points, including two 3-pointers in overtime, as Toronto recovered after blowing a 13-point 4th-quarter lead.
The Nuggets covered as 5.5-point home favorites Friday with a 113-97 win vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. C Nikola Jokić had a triple-double with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists as Denver won its 3rd straight game.
This is the 1st meeting this season between the Raptors and Nuggets. Toronto and Denver split last season’s series 1-1 straight up and against the spread with the Over hitting in 1 of the 2 meetings.
Raptors at Nuggets odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 1:16 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Raptors +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Nuggets -240 (bet $240 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Raptors +6.5 (-115) | Nuggets -6.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 229.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
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Raptors at Nuggets key injuries
- C Thomas Bryant (ankle) probable
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Raptors at Nuggets picks and predictions
Nuggets 118, Raptors 115
The Nuggets (-240) should win, but they’re being slightly overvalued on the moneyline vs. a Raptors team that has won 3 of the last 6 head-to-head meetings. Bet the spread and/or total instead.
BET RAPTORS +6.5 (-115).
VanVleet’s clutch performance vs. Washington should give him more confidence moving forward after ending a shooting slump where he averaged just 9 points over 3 games. Couple that with Toronto playing up to the level of its competition lately, going 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games vs. teams with a winning percentage above .600, and the Raptors should be able to keep this one close.
BET OVER 229.5 (-105).
The Over has hit in 5 of Toronto’s last 6 games vs. teams with a winning record and is 4-0 in Denver’s last 4 vs. sub-.500 teams.
The Over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings between these teams in Denver and Monday’s matchup should be another high-scoring affair.
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