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Pointspread favors Nuggets in battle with Cavaliers

Cleveland CavaliersDenver Nuggets
14-25January 17, 2014, 09:00 | Pepsi Center20-18

The Nuggets will try to cover the spread at Pepsi Center on Friday when they get a visit from the Cavaliers in basketball action.

The Cavaliers will try to spoil the party on Friday; they are 17-22 ATS against the number this season, while the Nuggets are 17-20-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Cleveland is 19-20 on the totals; Denver is 18-20.

View Cleveland Cavaliers vs Denver Nuggets Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the Cavaliers listed as 7-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 213 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Nuggets rated this week at No. 10 and the Cavaliers sitting at No. 22. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 94-88 result in favor of the Nuggets today.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 108-96 loser as they battled the Trail Blazers on the road. The Cavaliers failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point underdog, while 204 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Cleveland got 25 points from Luol Deng en route to a 108-96 loss against Portland on Wednesday at Rose Garden.

In their last action, Denver was a 123-116 winner on the road against the Warriors. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (239) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Denver earned a 123-116 victory over Golden State on Wednesday, getting 24 points from Nate Robinson at Oracle Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Denver's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 103.18 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 20 at 101.82 PPG. The Nuggets field goal percentage has averaged 45.05% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 42.57% per game.

Next up:
Cleveland home to Dallas, Monday, January 20th
Denver at Phoenix, Sunday, January 19th