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Toronto Raptors vs Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets return to Denver tonight to face off in opposition to Kyle Lowryand the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors have gotten off to a pleasant begin to the season, utilizing a revamped defensive lineup with studs like Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, and OG Anunoby propelling them to the second-best defensive ranking within the league (albeit over six video games). The Raptors have misplaced on the street to the Spurs, 101-97, and on the street to the Warriors, 117-112, with wins over the Lakers, Bulls, Path Blazers, and 76ers.
It’ll be an incredible check for the Nuggets, who've seen their offense sputter at instances of their first seven video games, though they'd some success at instances of their final two video games. Jokić has been main the offense extra, and is having an extremely environment friendly capturing line as a member of the 50/40/90 membership (I rounded up on his FT%).
It may very well be a painful night time for some Nuggets followers who pined for OG Anunoby within the draft, as the previous Indiana wing will possible be part of the rotation for the Raptors, and can possible match up in opposition to Will Barton or Wilson Chandler. Convey tissues.

The Fundamentals

Who: Toronto Raptors (Four-2) at Denver Nuggets (Three-Four)
When: Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 PM MT
The place: Pepsi Heart
Learn how to watch and hear: Altitude, 950 AM
Rival weblog: Raptors HQ
Harm report: DEN: Juancho Hernangomez (mono - out). TOR: Jonas Valanciunas (out), Malcolm Miller (out)

Three issues to observe for

East versus West. There are a couple of international locations that separate Serbia from Switzerland, however tonight Jakob Poeltl (Ya-kob Pur-tle, like turtle with a P) will rise up shut and private with Nikola Jokić a couple of instances because the starter whereas Jonas Valanciunas is out. All Poeltl has accomplished is lead the workforce in rebounds and been one of the crucial environment friendly shooters within the league. Going through Jokić is one other problem all collectively although, and is hopefully a matchup that Jokić can win.
Discovering house to shoot. The Raptors are an aggressive defensive workforce, with Lowry, DeRozan, Powell, Miles, Anunoby, and Wright all in a position to rise up within the face of the participant they're marking on protection. The Nuggets don’t have too many gamers that may create their very own house off the dribble, and so they’ll want to seek out methods to get the Raptors away from them to allow them to knock down some pictures.
Don’t flip the ball over. The Nuggets began their street journey because the worst workforce within the league at turning the ball over, however they return to Denver ranked 14th in that class. If Murray and Mudiay can restrict the errors, that provides them one of the best probability to succeed, and so they can not give the Raptors simple factors in transition. Make DeMar DeRozan work within the midrange to get his 30 factors. Make Kyle Lowry shoot contested Three-pointers, not toss lob dunks on fastbreaks.

Prediction

Raptors 105 - Nuggets 102
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