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Toronto RaptorsDenver Nuggets
24-21January 31, 2014, 09:00 | Pepsi Center22-22

The Nuggets will try to cover the spread at Pepsi Center on Friday when they get a visit from the Raptors in basketball action.

Denver battles the Raptors, currently with a 24-21 mark (27-18 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 22-22 for the Nuggets and 23-22 for the Raptors. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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The Nuggets - Raptors odds would favor the Raptors if the lines were set according to power ranks. Denver is rated No. 14 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Raptors sit at No. 7. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 96-94 win for the Raptors.

Toronto won its last outing, a 98-83 result against the Magic on January 29. The Raptors covered in that game as a 9.5-point favorite, while the 181 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Magic were burned for 33 points by Kyle Lowry on Wednesday as the Raptors picked up a 98-83 win at Air Canada Centre.

The Nuggets were a 101-98 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score (199) made winners of UNDER bettors. Randy Foye was dynamite, scoring 33 points and adding 3 rebounds but Charlotte still won, 101-98, over Denver on Wednesday at Pepsi Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Raptors rank No. 13 in the league with 43.64 per game. That compares with Denver’s No. 6 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Denver is the NBA’s No. 11-ranked team at 8.3 per game, while the Raptors rate No. 9 with 8.4 per contest.

Next up:
Toronto at Portland, Saturday, February 1st
Denver home to Los Angeles, Monday, February 3rd