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(34-28) Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (36-25)
Date: Saturday March 3
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavs -5
NBA Betting Total: 228.5
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Denver was one of the hottest squads until recently when they lost back to back games versus the Rockets and Clippers. Denver arrives on the second night of a back to back having played and won in Memphis Friday.
Cleveland split their two games defeating the Nets (barely) and lost to the 76ers to fall even further off the pace of the top two squads.
Last season the teams split the season series. Denver holds the all-time record having bested the Cavaliers in 46 of their 84 matches.
The return of Paul Millsap to the Nuggets comes at the perfect time as Denver take to the road.
While the Nuggets have been among the hottest squads in the Association most of their victories have come in the high altitude of Denver.
Denver entered the match Friday vs. the Grizzlies with a 9-19 road record and 13 road games remaining, including the game in Memphis and an upcoming seven game road trip.
Therefore, finding resolution to their road woes is imperative to where the squad will finish the season.
During the hot streak Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris have formed a tantalizing Big Three.
With Millsap back in play this could provide the necessary defensive assistance the Nuggets so desperately need.
Prior to the match in Memphis Richard Jefferson (wrist) missed the past four games and Kenneth Faried (personal) last two games. Both players are questionable Saturday.
Pundits jumped on the revamped Cavaliers bandwagon a little too precipitously, especially considering the circumstances. Beating the reeling Celtics and tired Thunder teams prior to the break was blown a bit out of proportion.
The reality is George Hill hasn’t stepped into his role with ease, Clarkson scores, but also showcases sieve-like defensive tendencies, Larry Nance is limited offensively and Rodney Hood vacillates back and forth between good and bad games.
Cleveland is 4-3 in the seven games with the quartet with a sharp contrast in game score and point differential in wins vs. losses.
In the four wins the game score average was 120.4 to 105.7 with a plus +14.7 differential, whereas in three losses they averaged 98 to 109.3 with a negative -11.3 differential.
Most importantly in pressure situations or clutch moments the team falls into a bad habit of LeBron watching.
Notably other than a two day break coming April 7-8 the Cavaliers play every other day (with two back to back sets) until then.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nuggets are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head contests
- Cavaliers are 6-3-1 ATS in last 10 head to head matchups.
- Over – under is 4-5-1 in last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction: Nuggets +5
With the loss to the 76ers and barely beating the Nets, if the Cavaliers follow that up with another loss to a bad road team on a back to back the heat in Cleveland will ratchet up ten-fold.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets ATS
This feels like a must win scenario for Cleveland.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 107 – Nuggets 106
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