Denver Nuggets (15-13) at Cleveland Cavaliers (10-19)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +8 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Friday in NBA action at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
The Denver Nuggets need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 115.4 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.5 points and 11.5 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 18.5 points and 4.4 assists. Michel Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Monte Morris is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need a win to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Collin Sexton is averaging 22.8 points and 2.5 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 17.5 points and 2.6 assists. Darius Garland is the third double-digit scorer and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 40.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The over is 37-16-2 in Nuggets last 55 overall. The over is 4-1 in Cavaliers last 5 overall.
Both of these teams are banged up and on the struggle bus right now, but there's no doubt the Denver Nuggets are the better team here. The Cleveland Cavaliers are unbackable in they current form, losing eight straight games, and they're losing their last five games by an average of 22.2 points while allowing 52.8 percent shooting from the field. There's really no defending that. The Nuggets win by an average of 8.3 points as a favorite. I'm laying the chalk.