On Saturday, March 7th, the Denver Nuggets will be on the road to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
These two teams are on opposite ends of their respective conferences, as the Denver Nuggets are battling for the top position in the Western Conference Standings while the Cleveland Cavaliers have bottomed out this season despite their best efforts.
Cleveland has lost three straight games at home and are looking to break that streak this Saturday night. The Nuggets are one of the best offenses in the NBA and are forming to the peak of their powers despite battling injuries all season.
The spread for this game has the Nuggets favored on the road in Cleveland at -2.5, with the over/under set at 231.
Jokic is making his case to be a future MVP
Despite his best efforts in the latter half of this season, Nikola Jokic’s play has gone under the radar. At the beginning of the year, he came in overweight and it really affected his play on the court.
Since that time he has stepped his game up to the next level to make Denver one of the most potent offenses in the entire NBA. In the last month, he is averaging 21/11/7 splits on well over 50% field goal shooting.
His style of play is captivating to watch, and now that he has a true duo partner in Jamal Murray, the Nuggets are a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference.
While the two teams from Los Angeles still reign supreme, don’t be surprised if you see Denver take a trip to the Western Conference Finals this postseason.
Chaos ensuing for Cleveland
After the exit of LeBron James a few years ago, it comes as no surprise that Cleveland is still having to find ways to rebuild their franchise.
They made a good homer move by locking down Kevin Love, but earlier this season, rumors circulated about Love after he brought up the subject of being traded.
Other rumors swirled about buying out Tristan Thompson–a move the Cavaliers refused–and then they traded for Andre Drummond on an expiring contract.
This was a head-scratching play with Drummond getting ready to hit free agency next year and now the clogging of the frontcourt.
For a silver lining, Collin Sexton has quietly taken a big step this season and is up to 20 points a game. He doesn’t look like a perennial all-star, but definitely has shown he can be a quality player in this league.
Denver gets it done behind a triple-double from Jokic
There is no reason Cleveland should be favored in this game and a number of their players will be game-time decisions before Saturday night’s tip-off.
I think Jokic will be able to feast in this game and dominate all over the place. He is facing a good frontcourt, but a player of his caliber welcomes the challenge.
That is why I am taking Denver in a high scoring affair to win this game and for Jokic to have himself a triple-double.
Make sure you lock in all your bets before Saturday night’s tip-off!