Denver Nuggets (34-28) at Cleveland Cavaliers (36-25)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -5 -- Over/Under: 228 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Saturday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Denver Nuggets look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 108.4 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 48 percent shooting. Gary Harris is averaging 17.5 points and 3.1 assists while Jamal Murray is averaging 16.4 points and 3.6 assists. Nikola Jokic is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is dishing 4.1 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won three straight road games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a win here after splitting their last six games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 109.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.7 points and nine assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 13.6 points and 2.3 assists. Rodney Hood is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost three of their last four home games.
The Nuggets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games, 13-36-2 ATS in their last 51 home games and 18-40-1 ATS in their last 59 games overall. The Nuggets are 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
I'm always hesistant to lay chalk with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as this team is no better than they were before all the trades and they're having a hard time putting together consistent play. However, I'm not getting enough points to consider the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are on the end of a back to back and get torched defensively on the road. Speaking of defense, the Nuggets came into Friday's game allowing 118.4 points on 52 percent shooting in their last five contests. The Cavs should be able to push the pace and cover the reasonable number with fresh legs.