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(23-29) Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (36-16)
Date: Saturday February 11
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavs -12.5
NBA Betting Total: 228.5
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This game features a struggling Denver team traveling to face the defending champs.
The Nuggets are 4-2 in their last 6, while Cleveland saw a 4 game winning streak snapped by Oklahoma City.
The Cavs won both games in last year’s season series.
The Nuggets started the season off strong, and had themselves in the position to make the playoffs, but injuries have them crashing back to reality.
Center Nikola Jokic continues to play like one of the best centers in the NBA. He is an excellent rebounder and can stretch the floor to knock down threes. His only issue is getting into constant foul trouble.
Jokic has 9 fouls in the last two games but was able to still put up a dominant performance against the Hawks. He scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds (9 offensive), and shot 47% from the floor.
He will have a tough matchup against Tristan Thompson, but I still see jokic getting a double double.
Having a healthy Wilson Chandler on the floor has been one of the better surprises for Denver this season. The veteran is playing his best basketball since putting on a Denver uniform.
He was great against Atlanta. Dropping 24 points and getting 8 rebounds against a good front line led by Dwight Howard.
Chandler shouldn’t have any issues scoring against the Cavs, who have a very poor defense all around. Look for him to get his second straight 20+ point game.
Another key note in this game will be the absence of Emmanuel Mudiay and Kenneth Faried. Not having your two best players on the floor will lead to a number of problems on defense for Denver, as Cleveland has 3 of the best scorers in the NBA.
The Cavs seem to be turning things around, and Lebron James’ call for getting a playmaker seems to go in one ear and out the other of the front office execs.
James has clearly turned into the playmaker the Cavs have needed all season.
He has 7 or more assists in 10 straight games and is shooting the ball at an extremely efficient rate. In the 9 point loss to OKC Thursday night he scored 18 points and dished out 7 assists.
With a weak perimeter defense James should come close to a triple double, with 25 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in this one.
Kyrie Irving has been inconsistent shooting the ball over this recent stretch of games, but he is still capable of scoring 30 on any given night. He was 4-5 from behind the arc and finished with 28 points against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but the key stat was the 6 turnovers.
For the Cavs to win this game Irving must not turn the ball over at such a high rate. He will have an easier matchup with Mudiay out, so expect 20 and 10 from the All Star guard.
The Cavs would be foolish to trade Kevin Love for Carmelo Anthony, no matter how close he and Lebron are. Love is playing like he is back in Minnesota, scoring in bunches and rebounding with reckless abandon.
Expect a huge game from Love with Faried sitting on the sidelines.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest
- Over is 6-1-1 in Nuggets last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Road team is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings
- Nuggets are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
The Cavaliers will win this one easily.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Denver ATS
LeBron owns the Nuggets.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 119 – Denver 103
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