With one of the most heartbreaking losses of the season behind the Denver Nuggets, they look to take gain another win against the Clevland Cavs; but make no mistake, this one will not come easy.
It was great to see the return of Gary Harris in Wednesday’s game, while he wasn’t a huge contributor on the offensive end, the return of a top-tier defender is always welcome. That being said, Gary is still listed as day-to-day along with JaMychal Green for the game against Cleveland. Furthermore, the absence of Barton, Millsap, and Dozier is sure to weigh on the Nugget’s especially if Harris and Green cant find their way into the lineup.
The Cavs, on the other hand, have ruled out Taurean Prince, Kevin Love, Andre Drummond, Matthew Dellavedova, and Larry Nance Jr.; leaving only a shell off what they once were earlier this season.
Betting Lines (Subject to change):
- Right now Denver hangs as the -8 favorite against the spread
- They also sit atop a Moneyline of -350
- The point total is set at 220.5
Betting trends courtesy of Covers.com:
- Nuggets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Over is 4-1 in Nuggets last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- Over is 5-0-1 in Cavaliers last 6 games playing on 1-day rest
- Over is 4-1 in Cavaliers last 5 overall
This should be a certain win for the Nuggets, but if this year has taught us anything, it is that games during this season are anything but certain. With injuries to both squads, either team is in different places than even just a few weeks ago.
For the Nuggets we have seen Murray take a much more consistent and central role than in weeks past. The subsequent one-two punch of Jamal and Jokic has primed our team to win all of our previous games. However, injuries and mid-season blues, have kept the Nuggets from winning and we have yet to see a third player step up. If we are to win any games consistently, someone needs to fill this void.
Before Gary Harris’ most recent injury, the team relied on him to step up to that plate being, at the time, a top ten offensive weapon. Yet with him still listed as day-to-day, it is hard to expect him to return back to full form. Unfortunately, this is a theme with all too many players this season, whether it be MPJ and Morris right now, or Millsap and Barton in the near future, the team simply can’t seem to find a rhythm where more than just two players are on fire.
The question for the game then becomes, can we count on Murray and Jokic to win us the game if this trend continues? Short answer is yes, it is safe to bet any over and odds that are stacked in the Nuggets’ favor as they do have a very very good chance of a blowout.
So lay down your favorite bets with Murray and Jokic behind the wheel and strap in for another exciting Friday night with the Denver Nuggets!