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NBA Betting Odds, Preview and Tips for Monday March 8

Toronto Raptors at Utah Jazz
Vivint Smart Home Arena – 9:05 p.m. ET

TOR: 45-18 SU, 34-28-1 ATS, 34-28-1 O/U
UTA: 41-22 SU, 30-31-2 ATS, 33-30 O/U

Last 10 games:
TOR: 6-4 SU, 4-5-1 ATS, 5-5 O/U
UTA: 6-4 SU, 3-6-1 ATS, 5-5 O/U

Current form:

The Raptors are playing in the finale of their five-game road West Coast swing following Sunday’s 118-113 victory at Sacramento. Toronto lost the opener at Denver, 133-118, marking its third consecutive loss prior to victories at Phoenix and Golden State.

The ‘over’ hit in each of the first four games of this trip, while the Raptors own a 6-3 SU and 4-5 ATS mark with no rest this season.

The Jazz have caught fire by winning five consecutive games, which came on the heels of a four-game skid. Utah swept a four-game road trip out east, capped off by a 111-105 triumph at Detroit on Saturday, in spite of failing to cover as eight-point favorites.

Three of the four wins came against teams not going to the playoffs, but the most impressive victory came at Boston last Friday night as a 1 ½-point underdog, 99-94.


Toronto has taken seven of the last eight meetings from Utah since November 2015. The most recent win for the Raptors came in a 130-110 blowout on December 1 at Scotiabank Arena, as Toronto jumped out to a 77-37 halftime lead.

Eight Raptors scored in double-figures, led by Pascal Siakam’s 35 points as Toronto cruised in spite of getting outscored by 20 points in the second half. Toronto has actually captured the last three meetings in Salt Lake City, including a 124-111 victory last season.

Betcha Didn’t Know:

-- The Raptors have compiled a 4-8 SU and 5-7 ATS record as a road underdog this season, while all 12 games came against teams that currently own winning records.

-- The Jazz are 4-1 SU/ATS in the last five home contests off a road trip of at least two games, as the only loss to the Nuggets as 10-point favorites on February 5.

Milwaukee Bucks at Denver Nuggets
Pepsi Center – 9:05 p.m. ET

MIL: 53-11 SU, 36-28 ATS, 30-33-1 O/U
DEN: 42-21 SU, 28-31-4 ATS, 30-32-1 O/U

Last 10 games:
MIL: 7-3 SU, 5-5 ATS, 3-7 O/U
DEN: 5-5 SU, 3-7 ATS, 6-3-1 O/U

Current form:

The Bucks are coming off consecutive losses for the first time this season after losing to the Lakers and Suns. After suffering a 10-point defeat at Los Angeles on Friday, Milwaukee fell behind Phoenix, 47-28 following 12 minutes of play in Sunday’s 140-131 setback as 6 ½-point favorites.

The Bucks played without last season’s Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, who missed the game resting his knee and will sit out again on Monday.

The Nuggets are listed as a home favorite against the Bucks on Monday.
The Nuggets are listed as a home favorite against the Bucks on Monday. (AP)

The Nuggets completed a clunky two-game road trip by edging the Hornets, 114-112, followed by a 104-102 loss at Cleveland on Saturday. Denver closed as 9 ½-point favorites in each game, as the Nuggets also failed to cash in a 116-100 home loss to Golden State last Wednesday as hefty 16-point chalk.

This is the beginning of a tough stretch for Denver, who plays seven of the next eight games on the road following Monday’s contest against Milwaukee. Among the opponents during this span include the Mavericks, Lakers, Clippers, Thunder, and Raptors.


Milwaukee pulled off the two-game sweep of Denver last season, but the Nuggets shocked the Bucks at Fiserv Forum as 12 ½-point underdogs on January 31 in a 127-115 win. The Bucks led by seven points at halftime before the Nuggets outscored Milwaukee in the second half, 67-48 as Denver knocked down 22 three-pointers in the victory.

The underdog has covered in five of the last six meetings, as the Bucks cashed in their last two visits to Pepsi Center.

Betcha Didn’t Know:

-- Milwaukee last dropped three consecutive games in the regular season in the 2017-18 season, while posting an 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS mark with no rest this season.

-- Although the Nuggets have struggled to cover big numbers of late, Denver has put together a 5-1 SU/ATS in the last six games as a favorite of seven points or less with the only loss coming at Detroit in overtime.

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