Check out our free Cavaliers vs Nuggets pick and preview for this NBA game in Denver. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Cavaliers vs Nuggets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Denver Nuggets
- Where: Denver at Ball Arena
- Date: Friday, January 6th
- Betting Odds DEN -7, CLE +216 | DEN -268 O/U 228.5
So far, the Cavaliers have put together an overall record of 25-14, while going 21-17-1 vs the spread. In today’s game, Cleveland will look to extend their 3 game winning streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of 4.67.
Cleveland is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Suns. Going into the game, they were 5 point favorites against the spread. Their 90-88 victory was not enough to cover. Cleveland put together a strong second half performance, as after 2 quarters, they trailed the Suns by -10 points. In the win, Caris LeVert led the team in scoring with 21 points on a field goal percentage of 63.6%.
The Nuggets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 25-13. So far, the team has gone 19-19-0 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Denver has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.
In their previous game, the Nuggets took down the Clippers by a score of 122-91. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 4 point favorites. Denver went on to win the game, as they led by 34 heading into halftime. In the win, Jamal Murray led the team in scoring with 18 points on a field goal percentage of 70.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last season, the Cavaliers and Nuggets played 2 games against each other, with Cleveland coming away with a win in each game. In game 1, they won by a score of 99-87, while adding a 119-99 victory in game 2. Similar to their season-long average, the Cavaliers averaged 109.0 points per game vs the Nuggets. While the Cavaliers were able to maintain their usual level of production against Denver, the Nuggets averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 101.5. When looking at how these teams have performed vs the spread in recent matchups, the Cavaliers have an ATS mark of 3-2. Yet, the Nuggets have averaged more points per game in these contests, at 111 compared to Denver at 104. A combined average of 215 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Cavaliers come into today’s game as the 24th ranked scoring offense at 111.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.7 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Cleveland offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 14th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Against the Nuggets, the Cavaliers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 5th ranked unit at 105.67 points per game.
Before making a bet on today’s game, be sure to check the injury reports as Donovan Mitchell has already been ruled out for the Cavaliers. However, Darius Garland is questionable and will be a key name to watch. If he is unable to play, Cleveland will be without its top two scorers, Mitchell and Garland, who average 29.0 and 21.4 points per game, respectively. If Darius Garland is able to play, he will face a Denver defense ranked 19th in fewest points allowed to point-guards.
The Denver offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 6th ranked offense at 116.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Nuggets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.0 made 3’s per game. Denver appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are the a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.
Defensively, Denver has had its problems giving up an average of 110.41 points per game (14th).
This season, the Nuggets offense has primarily worked through Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 35 games, Jokic is 20th in the NBA at 25.2 points per game. So far, him and Gordon have accounted for 31% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 42.2 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Aaron Gordon is grabbing 6.9 rebounds for Denver to go along with 2.4 assists.
Cavaliers vs Nuggets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nuggets -7
- Free Total Prediction: Under 228.5
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