Denver Sports Betting

Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview

The Denver Nuggets have started this 2021-22 season off on the right foot. With wins against the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs, Denver plays  Cleveland, a welcome home opponent before facing the Utah Jazz on the road.

Injury report 

DEN 


  • Jamal Murray – Out
  • Vlatko Cancar – Out

CLE


  • Dylan Windler – Questionable
  • Darius Garland – Questionable

Betting lines (subject to change): 

  • DEN favored by -10
    • CEL +10 dogs
  • Over/Under placed at 219.5
  • Denver MoneyLine at -560
    • Cleveland big underdogs at +450

Covers.com trends: 

  • Under is 6-1-1 in Cavaliers last 8 Monday games
  • Over is 12-2 in Nuggets last 14 games playing on 2 days rest.
  • Cavaliers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up win.
  • Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings
  • Under is 4-1 in Nuggets last 5 overall.
  • Nuggets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games

The Golden Nuggets: 

The Cavaliers have had mixed results on the season so far. They are 1-2 but their win was against a talented Hawks team who made a great run in the playoffs last year. The Nuggets faced Cleveland twice last year, winning big on both occasions. They won on average by 27.5 points in those two games.

While Denver has struggled to score thus far this season, against a  defense that ranks 24th in points allowed, the spread for Denver, even at -10 is still favorable. The two margins of victory for Denver thus far this season have been 12 against Phoenix and six against San Antonio. Combine this with the fact that Cleveland went 4-14 as -9.5 underdogs or greater last season.

Denver tends to play to the level of most of their opponents and they certainly did against San Antonio. To be fair, any team coached by Popovich is no pushover. With Michael Porter Jr. still working his way back to his offensive best, this could be the game he starts putting up those performances Denver fans are more familiar with. If he can start scoring a bit more, a 10-point victory should be attainable.

For a Denver player prop, look at Michael Porter Jr. He is yet to really hit his stride this season from the floor. He will likely be matching up against Lauri Markkanen who has a defensive rating of 115.6 this season. Specifically, go for Porter Jr. over 16.5 points in this contest. He’s accomplished this in both games against Cleveland last season. After a few nights off, Denver should be fresh and energized against Cleveland.

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