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2023 NBA Handicapping
(41-18) Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (38-23)
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, North Carolina
Moneyline NBA Odds: Nuggets +120 | Cavaliers -140 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -2.5
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 221.5
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First, this is the opening slate of games following the All-Star break with both teams having played a week ago Wednesday as the Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 118-109 while the Cavaliers lost 112-118 to the 76ers.
The Nuggets are 33-26 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 12-16 ATS as the away team.
Additionally, the Cavaliers are 32-26-3 against the spread this season. Also, they are 20-10-1 ATS as the home team
Thursday, February 23rd, the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers meet for the second and final time this season. The teams played on January 6th with the Nuggets winning 121-108.
Last season, the teams played twice with Cleveland winning both contests. The Nuggets hold the all-time record having bested the Cavaliers in 52 of their 95 matches.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current as of this writing on Wednesday, February 22nd. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Thursday, February 23rd.
As the Nuggets begin the stretch run they do so seated atop the Western Conference with a significant lead over the teams chasing them. Memphis is the closest sitting five games back with the Kings and Clippers trailing by eight and nine respectively.
That’s a ton of padding for the Nuggets, especially considering teams have between only 25 and 21 games remaining to make up that difference.
Denver possesses the best offense in the league highlighted by scoring 117.1 points per game ranking sixth. Denver is shooting the best field goal percentage of 51.2% as well as the top-ranked perimeter efficiency of 39.2%.
To be sure, defensively the Nuggets are improving. So far, they allow opponents to score 112.7 points per game which ranks 13th while limiting foes to 48.0% from the field and 34.9% from deep ranking 23rd and eighth respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Jamal Murray PG (questionable – knee inflammation)
- Aaron Gordon PF (questionable – rib contusion)
- Zeke Nnaji PF (OUT- shoulder)
- Jack White (OUT – ACL recovery)
- Collin Gillespie PG (OUT – leg fracture)
Entering the stretch run the Cavaliers are sitting on the fourth rung in the East two games back of the third-place 76ers and 2.5 games up on the (don’t sleep on them) revamped Nets.
Cleveland has the fourth easiest remaining schedule which will help their cause with 21 games left to play.
Offensively, Cleveland scores 111.8 points per game ranking 26th while shooting 48.9% from the field and 36.3% on the perimeter ranking fifth and 12th respectively.
Cleveland tops the league for opponent scoring limiting foes to an average of 106.1 points per game. Cavs opponents shoot 46.5% from the field and 36.6% from deep ranking sixth and 20th.
To summarize the injury report…
- Ricky Rubio PG (questionable — injury management)
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Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Trends:
- At this point, the Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The Nuggets are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
- Also, the Nuggets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games played in February.
- By comparison, Cleveland is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games.
- Cavaliers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.
- Finally, the Cavaliers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Murray was looking much closer to his pre-injury self prior to missing the last six games due to knee inflammation so it’s a bit concerning he remains on the injury report. However, Gordon is also still listed so it could just be simple gamesmanship by Michael Malone.
With the signing of Reggie Jackson from the buy-out market, Denver isn’t in as much of a rush if Murray needs more time to make sure he’s fully rested and healthy.
While the pundits are jumping over themselves to declare the revamped Suns, Clippers, ninth-place Warriors, and 13th-place Lakers as the potential team to come out of the West I’m sticking with my preseason pick of the Nuggets (as long as Murray is healthy).
In that mindset, the fact the Cavaliers are favored is sort of surprising so I’ll happily take the points.
4* Free Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets +2.5
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