Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors Predictions, Money Line & Picks
- The Denver Nuggets look to rebound after a loss in their last match.
- The Toronto Raptors have lost nine straight games!
- In 48 regular-season meetings, the Nuggets lead the Raptors 29 to 19.
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The Toronto Raptors are probably a better team than they’re showing, but form is everything in an NBA season. The Raptors have been poor in their last ten games while the Nuggets have the ability to beat them inside and out.
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How to Watch Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors
|Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors Information|
|What||Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors|
|Where||Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida|
|When||7:30 PM EST, March 24th, 2021|
|How to Watch||TSN, Altitude|
Head-to-Head: Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors
|Denver Nuggets||Head-to-Head||Toronto Raptors|
|Mike Malone||Head Coach||Nick Nurse|
|25-17 (5th in West)||Standing||17-26 (11th in East)|
|117.6 (4th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.2 (14th of 30)|
|112.3 (16th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.7 (19th of 30)|
|97.1 (29th of 30)||Pace||99.8 (14th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|N. Jokic (27.1)||PPG||F. Vanvleet (20.1)|
|N. Jokic (11.2)||RPG||P. Siakam (7.3)|
|N. Jokic (8.6)||APG||K. Lowry (7.4)|
|N. Jokic (1.6)||SPG||O. Anunoby, F. Vanvleet (1.8)|
|M. Porter (1.0)||BPG||C. Boucher (1.9)|
|N. Jokic (.569)/N. Jokic (10.6)||FG%/FGM||C. Boucher (.533)/P. Siakam (7.3)|
|B. Bol (.500)/J. Murray (2.7)||3P%/3PM||N. Powell (.434)/F. Vanvleet (3.3)|
DEN: Win the Paint Battle
The Denver Nuggets have an incredibly efficient offense and it is due to their off-ball movement and willingness to find the open man. Against a diminutive Toronto Raptors team, Denver has the advantage inside.
The Denver Nuggets shoot 55.2% on two-point field goals, a number that increases depending on the style of play called for in the game. The Toronto Raptors have no true center that sees serious minutes, as Aron Baynes has less than impressed.
Nikola Jokic has every opportunity to dominate the paint against smaller big men like Chris Boucher and Pascal Siakam. If Jokic gets going early, it’ll only open up their options as the game wears on.
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TOR: Find Your Feet Defensively
It seems like just yesterday that the Toronto Raptors were known as a staunch defensive side, capable of shutting down even the best in the NBA. Through their nine-game losing streak, they’ve lost by an average of 11.8 points.
The Raptors’ inability to close out on shooters is causing them tremendous issues. Toronto is allowing their opponents to shoot 40% from three over their last nine games and are giving up 15.1 three-pointers per game on average.
Lowry, Siakam, Vanvleet, and Anunoby need to establish the tone defensively early. The Raptors are falling behind and losing the rebounding battle by almost 13 per game, frankly they need to play beyond anything they’ve shown through this nine game run.
Nuggets Key Player: (G) Jamal Murray
JAMAL MURRAY FORCES OT 🎯 pic.twitter.com/nP8xiOOktM
— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 20, 2021
Canadian guard Jamal Murray faces his hometown team in unfamiliar territory, as the Raptors will host the Nuggets in Tampa, Florida. For Murray, the change in location shouldn’t represent a change in what he needs to do.
Murray is a scoring guard and for a while he looked like on of the best in the league. He’s since cooled down from his 12-game, 28.5 point per game run and focused more on playmaking when his shot isn’t going.
Murray is a big, strong guard who can shoot over any of the Raptors’ opposing guards. If he chooses to be aggressive and take advantage of Toronto’s lack of size and shot-blocking, it could be another big night for the Canuck.
Raptors Key Player: (G) Kyle Lowry
This is…such a good pass from Kyle Lowry. pic.twitter.com/bOW6dzPQmS
— Alex Seixeiro (@alexfan590) March 23, 2021
Without a doubt, Kyle Lowry is the greatest Toronto Raptor of all-time. Through their nine-game losing streak, he’s been a model of consistency – despite the losses.
Over the Raptors’ last nine games, Lowry has averaged 16.5 points, 9.8 assists, and 5.3 rebounds, on 35.9% shooting from the field. While his field-goal percentage leaves you wanting, be aware that the Raptors were without Siakam, Anunoby, and Vanvleet for the vast majority of those games.
Lowry will be the player that gets the Raptors offence going. As Vanvleet and Siakam continue to struggle, it is Lowry who will initiate the play and find shots for his teammates. Whether or not the Raptors can capitalize is another question.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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