Nuggets vs. Cavaliers Betting Preview (February 19, 2021)

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Mar 3, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) celebrates a three point basket in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Nuggets are off to a shaky start on their four-game Eastern Conference road trip after losing the first two games. They have an opportunity to get back on track against the Cavaliers on Friday night.

Let’s take a look at the different markets out there for Colorado sports bettors in our Nuggets vs. Cavaliers betting preview, complete with the best odds, picks, and predictions.

Nuggets vs. Cavaliers Betting Preview

The Nuggets can’t afford to stay on this cold streak. The Western Conference playoff picture is crowded and Denver could use the Eastern Conference wins to bolster their playoff chances. There is still a ton of time left in the season, but there’s no time like the present.

The Cavaliers came out of the gates hot but have since cooled off. Cleveland is on a nine-game losing streak and has dropped to 10-19 after starting off the year 9-9.

Nuggets vs. Cavaliers Odds

All lines courtesy of FanDuel Colorado:

  • Spread: Nuggets -8.5 (-107) // Cavaliers +8.5 (-114)
  • Moneyline: Nuggets -360 // Cavaliers +280
  • Total: Over 226 (-113) // Under 226 (-108)

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Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win

Jamal Murray Over 21.5 Points (-110)

Jamal Murray is starting to find his rhythm after a somewhat slow start to his season. He has tallied 22 or more points in his last four games and he’s done it on 49/41/90 shooting splits. As teams continue to load up on MVP candidate Nikola Jokic, Murray will continue to have space to create for himself.

The Cavaliers are rated 23rd in the NBA in defensive rating. We expect to see a lot of points in this game and Murray is going to be right in the middle of it all.

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Bets We Like With A Cavaliers Win

Over 226 (-110)

We don’t have any recent games to see what works in a Cavaliers win. After all, the Cavs only have one win in February. But, when we look at Cleveland’s season as a whole, we start to see some trends.

The Cavaliers are 6-0 when scoring 118 points or more this season. If they are going to have any chance at beating the Nuggets on Friday, they need to run up the score north of 230 points.

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Bets We Like Regardless Of Outcome

Nikola Jokic To Record 8+ Assists (-158)

Nikola Jokic is averaging 8.6 assists per game and he’s gone over on this number in four of his last five games. With Murray’s recent hot streak, expect Jokic to look to keep him going offensively.

This means we are going to see a lot of facilitating from the big man despite the fact that his scoring is at an all-time high. But we all know that Jokic is a passer, first and foremost.

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Nuggets vs. Cavaliers Prediction, Pick

Denver has had a hard time putting lesser opponents away recently. The Cavaliers are floundering, but the Nuggets are struggling too. Let’s go with the underdog getting the points.

The Pick: Take the Cavaliers getting the points.

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