Pointspread favors Nuggets in battle with Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers host Denver on Saturday, looking to build on their 16-34 mark against the 32-18 Nuggets in NBA action at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland battles the Nuggets, currently with a 32-18 mark (30-20 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 28-22 for the Cavaliers and 30-20 for the Nuggets. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Cavaliers as 5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 214, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Cavaliers at No. 27 and the Nuggets at No. 7 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 105-97 result in favor of the Nuggets.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 15-ranked offense (97 PPG) against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 25 at 100.6 PPG. The Cavaliers have averaged 42.8% from the field per game, less than the Nuggets have managed so far this season (47.1% on average).
Defensively, the Nuggets feature the league's No. 23-rated defense on the road, giving up 102.1 points per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Denver was a 128-96 winner at home against the Bulls. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (224) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Chicago was run off the court by the Nuggets on Thursday as Denver blasted the Bulls 128-96 at Pepsi Center.
The Cavaliers were a 119-108 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Magic. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites, while the total score (227) made winners of OVER bettors. Cleveland got 24 points from Kyrie Irving en route to a 119-108 victory over Orlando on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 1-9
After playing Chicago are 3-7
After a win are 9-1
Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Minnesota are 2-8
After playing Orlando are 3-7
After a win are 5-5
A few Nuggets at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games
Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Cleveland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Denver at Boston, Sunday, February 10
Cleveland home to Minnesota, Monday, February 11