Nuggets vs Raptors Prediction - NBA Picks 12/20/23

Toronto Raptors (11-15) vs Denver Nuggets (18-10)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors +4.5 -- Over/Under: 228 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Denver Nuggets look for a win after winning 4 of their last 5 games. The Toronto Raptors need a win after losing 7 of their last 10 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors prediction.

Denver Nuggets Betting Preview

The Denver Nuggets beat the Nets and Mavericks last week while losing to the Thunder. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 115.3 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.3 points and 12.3 rebounds, while Jamal Murray is averaging 18.3 points and 3.2 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Jackson is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game.

Denver Nuggets Player Facts

  • Nikola Jokic is the only player to have recorded a 30-point, 20-rebound game this season.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ranks 11th amongst qualified players for FT% (90.2%) this season.

Toronto Raptors Betting Preview

The Toronto Raptors beat the Hawks and Hornets over the last week. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 114.2 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 21.2 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Scottie Barnes is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 rebounds. O.G. Anunoby is the third double-digit scorer, and Dennis Schroder is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.

Toronto Raptors Player Facts

  • Jakob Poeltl ranks 1st amongst qualified players for FG% (73.4%) this season.
  • Dennis Schroder ranks 6th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for assists per game (6.8) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Raptors rank 29th in the league for free throw percentage this season (72.9%).
  • The Raptors rank 3rd in the league for assists per game this season (29.0).
  • The Nuggets rank 30th in the league for free throw percentage this season (72.9%).
  • The Nuggets rank 1st in the league for Q1 opponent points per game this season (25.7).

Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors prediction

The Denver Nuggets are going to be favored for obvious reasons, but it's important to note that 8 of their 10 losses this season have come on the road. Also, the Raptors' length has given the Nuggets issues in the past, which is why they've won 4 of the last 7 meetings against them. The Toronto Raptors don't do anything great on either side of the ball, and they're no stranger to ugly, weird losses, but they're at home and playing a team that struggles on the road. Not my favorite game on the board, but I'll grab the points with the Raptors if forced to pick.

Randy’s Pick Toronto Raptors +4.5

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