Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets - 11/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (2-6) at Cleveland Cavaliers (5-3)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 216 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets will be hoping to avoid a season sweep against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.
The Denver Nuggets have far and away been one of the most disappointing teams so far this season. On Friday, the Nuggets were able to snap a six-game losing streak against the shorthanded Pacers, but just couldn't get anything going in last night's loss against the struggling Knicks. Pouring in 31 points as a team in the first quarter, the Nuggets looked to be rolling on the offensive end, but a horrendous second quarter where they scored just eight points left them playing catchup the rest of the way. Arron Afflalo made five treys on his way to 18 points, while Ty Lawson added 17 points and nine assists, but this game was over before halftime. With the loss, Denver falls to 2-7 on the season and just 1-4 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost three of their first four games in a shaky start to the season, but seem to be rolling now as they go for a fifth straight win after thumping the Hawks on Saturday. LeBron James led the way with 32 points while Kyrie Irving added 20 as the Cavs got ridiculously hot early on, making their first nine threes in the first quarter leading to a league season-best 19 for 31 on threes for the game. Cleveland went on to lead by 71-43 points at halftime and win by 127-94 to improve to 5-3 overall and 2-1 at home.
In ATS trends, the Nuggets are just 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Cavs are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home game s against a team under .400.
Head to head, the Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall but 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Cleveland.
The Cavs were really stumbling through the early stages of the season before they first met the Nuggets on Nov 7 and won by 110-101. Since then, the Cavs have just been looking better and better, so I can't see anything but a double digit win at home in this one.