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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets

2019-20 NBA Season (74th NBA Season)

Saturday, January 11, 2020 @ 9:00 p.m. ET (Pepsi Center)

Over/Under: 217.5; Nuggets -13 (-109)

Best Moneyline: Cavaliers +710, Nuggets -845

In Saturday night's interference matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers (11-27) and Denver Nuggets (26-11), the Cavaliers are aiming to win more games this season for a moral victory, whereas the Nuggets are attempting to maintain the No. 2 ranking in the Western Conference standings. The Nuggets are currently trailing the Los Angeles Lakers by four games. Thus far, Cleveland is 16-20-2 ATS and 20-18 O/U this season, while Denver is 16-18-3 ATS and 17-20 O/U. This game can be watched on ALT, FSOH, NBA League Pass, and via a live streaming service. According to the Land of Basketball database, based on 88 regular season games played head-to-head all-time, the Nuggets are 49-39 versus the Cavaliers. In the 2018-19 season, Denver finished 2-0 in their season series, winning 110-91 on Nov. 1, 2018 and 124-102 on Jan. 19, 2019. Cleveland has not swept Denver since the 2015-16 season. Moreover, in the Cavs' 115-112 overtime victory on the road against the Detroit Pistons, center Tristan Thompson scored a career-high 35 points and accumulated 14 total rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 3 blocks.

Point guard Darius Garland finished his night with 20 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and no steals or blocks. Collin Sexton had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 2 blocks as well. Cleveland's bench players scored a combined total of 13 points versus the Pistons. Brandon Knight earned 5 of those 13 points. For more in-depth box score game statistics, the Cavs shot 48-91 (52.7 percent) from the field, 5-20 (25 percent) from the three-point arc, and 14-20 (70 percent) at the free throw line. Additionally, Cleveland closed out their performance with 51 rebounds, 24 assists, 9 steals, 5 blocks, and 70 points scored in the paint. Their largest lead versus Detroit was by 5 points. Contrary to popular belief, this was one of the Cavaliers' best wins of the season. They held Detroit to only 41 points in the second half. Meanwhile, in the Nuggets' 107-106 road win over the Dallas Mavericks, center Nikola Jokic ended his game with 33 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Power forward Jerami Grant had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 3 blocks. Plus, Jamal Murray finished his night with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and no steals or blocks.

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Denver's bench players scored a combined total of 31 points against the Mavericks. Both Mason Plumlee and Malik Beasley scored 10 points each in this matchup. For other in-depth box score game statistics, the Nuggets shot 41-85 (48.2 percent) from the field, 9-24 (37.5 percent) from beyond the arc, and 16-20 (80 percent) at the free throw line. The Nuggets also concluded their 1-point road victory with 38 rebounds, 27 assists, 7 steals, 5 blocks, and 56 points scored in the paint. Their largest lead versus Dallas was by 2 points all game. Defensively, this was a reasonable effort. They held the Mavs to only 17 points in the forth quarter.

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