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Cavaliers face Nuggets: NBA odds preview

Cleveland CavaliersDenver Nuggets
March 7, 9:00 PM | Pepsi Center

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Denver Nuggets Odds

13-23TEAM RECORD22-17

The Nuggets hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Wednesday as the Cavaliers pay a visit to Pepsi Center in NBA betting action.

The Nuggets sport records of 22-17 and 23-16 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cavaliers sit at 13-23 and 18-18 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 20-19 for the Nuggets and 17-19 for the Cavaliers.

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Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 11-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, while the total was hovering around 209 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Nuggets at No. 16 and the Cavaliers at No. 23 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-95 result in favor of the Nuggets.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Denver's No. 1-ranked offense (104.1 PPG) against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 24 at 98.5 PPG. The Nuggets have averaged 46.7% from the field per game, more than the Cavaliers have managed so far this season (42.6% on average).

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 22-rated defense on the road, allowing 99.2 points per game. Denver, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 109-100 loser as they battled the Jazz at home. The Cavaliers failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog, while 209 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cavaliers endured a 109-100 loss at the hands of the Jazz on Monday, despite a 22-point effort from Antawn Jamison at Quicken Loans Arena.

Denver won its last outing, a 119-116 result against the Kings on March 5. The Nuggets failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point favorite, while the 235 combined points took the game OVER the total. Arron Afflalo went off for 32 points and added 2 rebounds leading Denver to a 119-116 win over Sacramento on Monday at Pepsi Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Oklahoma City are 8-2
After playing Utah are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing New Orleans are 8-2
After playing Sacramento are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Cavaliers at Nuggets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Cleveland's last 15 games when playing on the road against Denver
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Cleveland's last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games on the road
Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Denver is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Cleveland
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland at Oklahoma City, Friday, March 9
Denver home to New Orleans, Friday, March 9