Denver Nuggets (6-1) at Cleveland Cavaliers (1-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +6 -- Over/Under: 226.5
FSSE, FSOH, AL2
The Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Denver Nuggets look for another victory to build on their solid 6-1 start to the NBA season. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 113.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 105.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 21.5 points and 10.3 rebounds while Gary Harris is averaging 20 points and 3.8 assists. Jamal Murray is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is dishing three assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.5 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won two of their first three road games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a feel good victory here to rebound from a brutal 1-6 record. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 117.9 points on 51.5 percent shooting. Kevin Love is averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 16 points and 1.1 assists. Rodney Hood is the third double-digit scorer and Cedi Osman is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 42.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost three of their last four home games.
The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Cavaliers are 19-40-1 ATS in their last 60 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games. The road team is 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Cavaliers last 7 overall and the under is 4-1-1 in Nuggets last 6 overall.
I know the Denver Nuggets are on the end of a back to back and they just had a game against the Chicago Bulls come down to the wire, but I'm not backing the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs are simply an awful basketball team without a head coach, and they're near the very bottom in every major defensive stat. The Nuggets should be able to mop the floor with the Cavs in this game. It's either backing Denver or pass. Backing the Cavaliers in their current state simply isn't an option for me right now.