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Cavaliers at Nuggets - 12/29/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (19-9) at Denver Nuggets (12-19)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Denver Nuggets +6.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, ALT

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets meet Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 99.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 95.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.8 points and 6.1 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.1 points and 10.7 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 3.3 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 10 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.2 turnovers per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have split their last eight road games.

Cavaliers at Nuggets - 12/29/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Denver Nuggets look for a big home win after losing five of their last six games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 99.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Will Barton is averaging 15.8 points and six rebounds while Kenneth Faried is averaging 12.9 points and 1.1 assists. Gary Harris is dishing 1.9 assists and Nikola Jokic is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are allowing 39.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.9 turnovers per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost seven of their last 10 home games. Danilo Gallinari and Emmanuel Mudiay are out.

The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Denver and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall. 

The Cavs continue to struggle despite winning and are coming off a hard Monday game against the Suns. However, the Nuggets are without two of their top players. I'll take the Cavs here and the reasonable number.

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Cleveland Cavaliers -6.5

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