Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Predictions

Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors Regular Season NBA
Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Predictions

The Denver Nuggets close out their push for the second seed in the Western Conference against the Toronto Raptors, who have already secured the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. There is a decent chance the Raptors will try to rest key players ahead of the postseason, giving the Nuggets a decisive advantage in this final NBA seeding game.

Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Odds

The Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors come into the final game of the NBA regular season in two different states. The Raptors are locked into the second seed in the Eastern Conference and are trying to stay healthy for a postseason push to capture a second consecutive championship. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are in a battle to both steal the second seed from the Clippers and keep the Rockets from taking the third seed.

Denver has had some defensive problems in Orlando, allowing 122.3 points per game through its first four games in the bubble. It has overshadowed a very efficient offensive output from the Nuggets, who are shooting almost 50 percent from the field but are just 2-2 in those four games.

Michael Porter Jr. has been a revelation for the Nuggets the last three games with his three best scoring efforts of the season coming in the bubble. He’s shooting 62.3 percent from the field, including 59.1 percent from long range, and averaging 31.3 points per game in those last three games, but he’s also added 13 rebounds per game as well to help clean up the other team’s misses.

Toronto was on top of its game defensively until a shocking performance last Friday against Boston when the Celtics just tore up the Raptors for the first three quarters to take a 34-point lead into the fourth. Assuming that game was simply an anomaly, the Raptors look like a dangerous title contender with how well they are playing defense. After shutting down the Lakers to open the restart, Toronto limited Miami and Orlando to less than 43 percent shooting from the floor and 32 percent from behind the arc.

The Raptors haven’t had a player find an extended offensive rhythm, but they have at least gotten enough contributors to be successful. That is both a gift and a curse in the sense that Toronto has a deep rotation capable of scoring in bunches and leading the team, but that also means none of their best players have really found a groove yet either.

Fred VanVleet is the closest having scored at least 13 points in all four games. However, he scored 36 against Miami and 21 against Orlando, then poured in 13 each in the other two games. Kyle Lowry scored 33 points against the Lakers, then matched that total over the next three games combined. Pascal Siakam has also reached double figures in all four games, but he’s shooting just 37.9 percent from the field in those performances.

Toronto might end up being the favorite for the online sports betting sites in New Jersey, but that should only be the case if the Raptors are going to be playing at full strength. It wouldn’t be surprising if Toronto decides to rest players with nothing left to play for after a condensed schedule in the bubble. Denver still has plenty at stake as it tries to both catch the Clippers for the No. 2 seed while also holding off the Rockets from capturing the third seed. The full-strength Nuggets are better than the half-strength Raptors, a victory that will give Denver a boost heading into the postseason.

My Prediction

Nuggets

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