The Toronto Raptors are winners of 8 straight, and will host the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night, who are themselves winners of 5 straight. The Raptors are a league best 20-4 this year, and 8-1 so far against Western Conference opponents.
Denver Nuggets, meanwhile, are a Western Conference best 15-7, and this will be the first time these two teams square off this year. Toronto is a 6.5 point home favorite, and the over/under is 218.5 points. Denver is +225 with the money line while Toronto is -275. SF Norman Powell is listed as out for the Raptors. Against the spread, Toronto is just 11-12-1 while Denver is a little better at 13-9-0.
I would take Denver in this one getting 6.5 points. They're a little more rested over the past week playing just two games since November 24th, while Toronto has played four games since the 23rd. Plus, Denver is the top team in the West, and they definitely played more tougher opponents than Toronto.
Denver has also won 8 of the past 14 games in Toronto. The Raptor's All-Star Lowry missed last game against the Cavs to rest a sore back, but should be fine for this game. He leads the league in assists/game with 10.3. I think Denver can win this outright, but if not, should easily win getting 6.5 points.
Tip Off is Tuesday at 4:30 PM PT from Toronto.