Raptors Report! Why the Raptors will Claw Back Tonight
Bet on the Raptors to Shred the Jazz
The Raptors roll into Salt Lake City on the final game of their West Coast road trip. The dinos suffocated in the high-altitude of Denver against the Nuggets but that's the past and these Raptors are not your big brother's Raptors: they move on quickly. Against the Jazz, the Raptors have the statistical advantage in several categories although the Jazz are undefeated against the spread (ATS) in their last five games.
Toronto is +1.5 on the point spread and +115 on the money line, slight underdogs. The Jazz (-1.5) being favoured is interesting because they are 1-3 against the Raptors at home in their last four games. The Raptors have the advantages in offensive rating (106.6 vs 99.5), rebounds (43 vs 42.4), assists (22.9 vs 21.5), and turnover percentage (14.1 vs 18.6). In short, the Raptors are just more effective at offense.
What the Jazz do better is play defense with a 96.3 defensive rating, third overall in the league and shoot more efficiently downtown at 36.8 per cent. The Raptors are still struggling to hit threes ranking second-last in the NBA at just 30.7 per cent. Fortunately, threes only account for 27.5 per cent of the Raptors' overall offense. Despite their struggles from deep, the Raptors should still score at a decent clip and win.
Bet on the Raptors to win outright at +115. The Raptors are 7-2-1 ATS against the Jazz in their last 10 games and are better in most categories.
Another bet to consider is the under of the totals at 195. The total has gone under four of Toronto's last five games and four of Utah's last six. Both teams play tight defense and can struggle to score making the under the bet to make.
Jurassic School: What We Learned Last Game
It was a Mile High mishap as the Raptors got bounced by the Nuggets 111-129 failing to beat the spread for just the second time this season. The Raptors' offense sputtered early scoring just 19 points in the first while the Nuggets dropped 103 points in the first three periods including a 43-point third. Starters Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell continued to struggle recording the two worst +/- in the game at -21 and -26, respectively.
Canadian Jamal Murray had his best game of the season scoring 24 points on 8 for 10 shooting and recording a game-best +35 in just 21 minutes of action for the Nuggets. It was all Denver as the altitude seemingly got the best of the Raptors as they looked flat and out of it. Despite this loss, this is the first time the Raptors were blown out at in Denver since the 2011-12 season.
This is an aberration and one of those games where the Raptors just weren't in it. They'll quickly forget about this game and get back to their primal forms as soon as tonight.
Toronto Raptors' 2017-18 Season Outlook
The Raptors are now 4-3 and 5-2 against the spread. They sit second in the Atlantic Division and are tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference. They rank sixth in offensive rating (106.6), sixth in defensive rating (100.2), and sixth in net rating (6.4). Their biggest weakness remains their three-point efficiency, ranked 29th in the league (30.7%). If the Raptors can start draining three more efficiently, they will take off.
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