Denver Nuggets (34-28) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (36-25)
NBA: Saturday March 3rd, 2018, 7:30 PM ET | Quicken Loans Arena
Line: Cleveland -5
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The Denver Nuggets have slipped a little in the past few weeks, falling to 8th place in the crowded Western Conference. One glimmer of hope for the Nuggets is that they finally have Paul Millsap back. Millsap went down early in the season with a wrist injury, but now he is back and started Friday in the Nuggets 108-102 victory over the Grizzlies. Millsap scored 15 points, and 7 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup. Millsap’s return gives the Nuggets a much needed boost heading into the home stretch of the season. It is as if they have traded for an All-Star caliber player, without having to give anything up. Millsap mixed with Jokic, Harris, and Murray gives the Nuggets a legit shot at climbing up the rankings in the West with about 20 games to go.
“No soup for you!” That seems to be the mantra heading into the weekend for the Cavaliers, after the reports this week of J.R. Smith throwing soup at assistant coach Damon Jones. The Cavaliers then suspended Smith for the following game in Cleveland against the 76ers, which the Cavs lost 108-97. The Cavaliers have fallen back into up and down basketball, losing three of their five games since the All-Star break. The energy that seemed to be brought over by their trade acquisitions has all but vanished. Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. seem to bring it night in and night out, but Rodney Hood continues to play inconsistent, which is one of the reasons the Jazz parted ways with him.
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1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
8-3 SU in their last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of their last 9 games
1-6 ATS in their last 7 games at home
6-3 SU in their last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 5 games
FREE NBA PREDICTION CLEVELAND CAVALIERS VS DENVER NUGGETS
This will be an interesting match up between a couple of perennial playoff teams. Denver seems to figuring things out, while the Cavaliers seem to have some growing pains from their big trade deadline. Plus, the Cavaliers have lost their last three games against playoff squads. It is always hard to bet against LeBron James especially after he averaged a triple double in the month of February, but I think the Nuggets are playing well enough right now to cover that five point spread on the road.