Cavaliers vs Nuggets NBA Game Preview
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Denver Nuggets Odds
The Nuggets hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Friday as the Cavaliers pay a visit to Pepsi Center in NBA betting action.
The Nuggets sport records of 21-16 and 22-15 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cavaliers sit at 9-28 and 16-21 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 19-18 for the Nuggets and 20-17 for the Cavaliers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Cavaliers were listed as 12-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 206 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Nuggets at No. 4 and the Cavaliers at No. 27 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-94 result in favor of the Nuggets.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cavaliers rank No. 18 in the league with 41.9 per game. That compares with Denver’s No. 2 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Denver is the NBA’s No. 24-ranked team at 6.1 per game, while the Cavaliers rate No. 9 with 7.8 per contest.
Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 19-rated defense on the road, giving up 100.5 points per game. Denver, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the league in scoring at home.
Cleveland was a 99-83 winner in its last match at home against the Hawks. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 182 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Kyrie Irving went off for 33 points and added 1 rebound leading Cleveland to a 99-83 win over Atlanta on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Denver was a 108-105 winner in its last match at home against the Magic. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 213 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Denver earned a 108-105 victory over Orlando on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Ty Lawson at Pepsi Center.
Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a win are 1-9
Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Golden State are 6-4
After playing Orlando are 4-6
After a win are 5-5
A few Cavaliers at Nuggets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Cleveland's last 16 games when playing on the road against Denver
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games on the road
Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Denver
Denver is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Denver is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Cleveland at LA Lakers, Sunday, January 13
Denver home to Golden State, Sunday, January 13