Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Cavaliers vs Nuggets Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the Denver Nuggets Tuesday December 29 at Pepsi Center Denver, CO. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Cleveland Cavaliers (20-9) vs. Denver Nuggets (12-19)
Date: Tuesday December 29
Time:9 PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center Denver, CO
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 197
Updated Sportsbook Bonuses For Today
The Cavaliers got over their 2-game losing streak, including losing to Golden State on Christmas, to win their last game and they are 6.5-point road favorites facing a banged up Nuggets squad.
The Nuggets have lost 2 in a row and 5 of their last 6 games.
Kyrie Irving is back after missing most of the season returning from knee surgery and while he went for 22 points in the Cavs’ last game he will be resting tonight.
In their last games the Cavs beat the Phoenix Suns 101-97 and the Nuggets lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-112.
This season the Nuggets are 5-9 at home and the Cavs are 6-8 on the road.
This is the last day of a 4-day road trip for the Cavs, who can go .500 in that span with a win tonight in the Mile High City.
Cleveland ranks 2nd in the league in opponents’ points allowed and their D will be key since they only rank 21st in points per game.
LeBron James needed Irving to play well in the Phoenix win since he only went for 14 points. On this trip he has not been playing well averaging 17 ppg on 36.7% shooting.
Last season these 2 teams split the 2 games with each winning on the road.
Before this road trip the Cavs had won 5 straight games.
The Nuggets are without the injured Danilo Gallinari, who is the team’s leading scorer, and rookie ppg Emmanuel Mudiay, who is averaging 10.7 ppg.
The Nuggets rank 22nd in the league in scoring and 23rd in opponents’ points allowed.
The Nuggets will not be facing a high-scoring Cavs’ team, but they must play better D than they did in their loss to the Thunder where they gave up 122 points and allowed OKC to shoot a scorching FG% of 57.8%. That FG% was the worst given up for the Nuggets in the last 3 seasons.
Kenneth Faried went for 25 points in the loss to the Thunder and he and Will Barton, and Gary Harris, who are the other 3 players averaging in double figures, have to take up the scoring slack with the absence of Gallinari and Mudiay.
The Nuggets have lost their last 2 home games and those losses came against the Pelicans and the Lakers, who have the fewest wins in the Western Conference.
NBA Betting Trends:
CLE is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
CLE is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
CLE has an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.
DEN is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games.
DEN is 14-36-2 ATS in their last 52 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. strong>
Free NBA Prediction:
The Cavs have not been playing at their best, which is no surprise since King James has been in less than MVP caliber on this road trip. However, even with Irving out James and company will get it done on the weak Denver defense and they will get the W and cover the spread.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cleveland ATS
James will have a solid game and the Cavs will salvage a .500 road trip with a win tonight.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 105 – Denver 95
We’ll be providing 4* free NBA predictions on the blog all season long, and check out our Experts for guaranteed premium & free NBA Hoops picks!
CappersPicks.com has NBA Odds up on a ton of futures, and you will also find DAILY NBA lines up as well.