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(5-1) Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (1-6)
Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Cleveland +6
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
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The Nuggets and Cavaliers are on the opposite end of the competitive spectrum entering this contest. Denver, 5-1, is looking to prove it is a playoff team in a brutally competitive Western Conference. Cleveland, 1-6, is easily the worst team in a watered down Eastern Conference with LeBron James now in Los Angeles.
We won’t sugar coat this: The Nuggets should win straight up.
The question is: Can they cover the six-point spread?
The Nuggets have been one of the more pleasant surprises this season. Not because nobody expected them to be good—after all, they were a game away from making the playoffs a year ago despite their free-agent acquisition Paul Millsap missing significant time to injury.
They’ve been a surprise because they have become one of the best defensive teams in the league. On the year, Denver is the No. 4 team in terms of Defensive Efficiency and the league-leader in points per game allowed.
But here’s the thing: The Nuggets are finding balance.
So far this season, Denver is also No. 11 in terms of Offensive Efficiency.
There’s little reason to think either the offense or defense will struggle against the Cavs when they’ve found plenty of success against better teams this year.
The Cavs spent their offseason trying to convince the world they were okay without LeBron James. Kevin Love’s massive contract extension was always going to be risky, but locking up a face of the franchise was necessary, and was only complemented by the fact that they had recently brought in a younger, more energetic roster at the trade deadline and were also adding Collin Sexton via the No. 8 pick in June’s draft.
As it turns out, it was all a facade.
Sexton has struggled quite a bit early in his rookie season. Kevin Love failed to get his team a win in their first six outings and now he’s out with an injury that could keep him sidelined for up to a month. Ty Lue, the only championship head coach this franchise has ever known, has been given the axe.
There’s very little to root for in Cleveland these days. That won’t change Thursday night.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 14-4 in DEN last 18 vs. NBA Central
- Over is 7-2 in CLE last 9 vs. NBA Northwest.
- CLE are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Thu. games.
- CLE are 19-40-1 ATS in their last 60 home games.
- Road team is 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
The Cavs are going to be an easy team to pick on this season. We have no reservations with out pick.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Denver Nuggets ATS
The Nuggets will get this win, and they will get it both straight up and against the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Denver Nuggets 115 – Cleveland Cavaliers 103
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