Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets
NBA Betting Prediction: Toronto +2 -110 odds (January 31st 2014)
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It doesn’t look good for Ty Lawson’s chances to suit up as the Nuggets starting point guard tonight; listed as ‘doubtful’ with a bum shoulder. Even if he plays, he’s not likely to be anywhere near 100%.
Backup point guard Nate Robinson hurt his knee while on the floor replacing Lawson in their home loss to Charlotte on Wednesday. The other backup point guard, Andre Miller, hasn’t been with the team since his public feud with first year head coach Brian Shaw over playing time over New Year’s.
So where does that leave the Nuggets right now? Simple – they’re a mess offensively without any of their top three point guards. Shaw’s quote sounds like he’s already making excuses:
“The one position that we can ill afford to have an injury or have that player missing is Ty Lawson. His speed, being a pure point guard that can run the point and direct everybody where to go and keep the defense on their toes. So we lose a lot of speed and playmaking ability. We try to mix-and-match and make up for it in other ways, but it’s definitely shows his value when he’s not in there, how we have to really, really work hard to get everything that we got.”
Meanwhile, the Raptors have been the single greatest pointspread success story in the NBA over the past two months. First time All Star DeMar DeRozan and key interior presence Patrick Patterson are both expected to suit up tonight after missing their 15 point win over Orlando on Wednesday. And Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry might have a bit of a chip on his shoulder after getting snubbed from the All Star team; primed for a huge effort here.
Toronto has won nine of their last 14 on the highway in straight up fashion. They’re 9-1 ATS in their last ten tries as an underdog as part of a 19-6 pointspread run in their last 25 games. Without many TV appearances or household name stars, this north of the border pointspread juggernaut has held their value remarkably well during this stretch, primed to cash another winning bet tonight. Take the Raptors.