Toronto Raptors (26-36, 12th in the Eastern Conference) v Denver Nuggets (41-21, 4th in the Western Conference)
Denver; Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM: Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets host the Toronto Raptors. Jokic is 10th in the league and scores 26.3 points per game.
The nuggets went home 23-10. Denver is runner-up in the Western Conference with 27.1 assists per game, led by Jokic with an average of 8.7.
The raptors are 10-20 on their way. Toronto is sixth in the Eastern Conference and only allows 111.1 points while the opponents shoot 45.7%.
The teams compete against each other for the second time this season. The Raptors won the last meeting between 135 and 111 on March 24th. Pascal Siakam scored 27 points to lead Toronto to victory.
TOP PERFORMER: Jokic leads the nuggets with 26.3 points per game and averages 10.9 rebounds and 8.7 assists. Facundo Campazzo has averaged 8.8 points, 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals for Denver in the last 10 games.
Siakam shot 45% and averages 20.9 points for the Raptors. Malachi Flynn has averaged 4.7 assists and 12.3 points in the last 10 games for Toronto.
LAST 10 MATCHES: Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 115 points, 44.6 rebounds, 26.7 assists, 8.4 steals, and 5.3 blocks per game while 47.7% is shot off the field. Your opponents averaged 111 points at 47.5% shooting.
Raptors: 6-4, averaging 110.8 points, 43.2 rebounds, 24.2 assists, 7.5 steals, and 6.1 blocks per game, while 46.7% are shot from the field. Your opponents averaged 108 points at 45.3% shooting.
INJURIES: Nuggets: Jamal Murray: off for the season (knee), Will Barton: off (hamstring), Monte Morris: off (hamstring).
Raptors: Gary Trent Jr .: Out (leg), Jalen Harris: day in and day out (hip), Paul Watson: out (knee), Chris Boucher: out (knee).