Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Pepsi Center to play the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 8.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 197.
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The Cavaliers come into this game with an overall record of 19-9 and a road record of 6-8. They are 1st in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 4.6 as they are averaging 99.9 points per game while giving up 95.3 per contest. The Nuggets have an overall record of 12-19 and a home record of 5-9. They currently are 4th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 99.2 points per game and surrendering 103.9, good for a point differential of -4.8.
LeBron James comes into this contest averaging 25.8 points per game while playing 36.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 7.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is currently at 72%. Kevin Love averages 17.1 points per game in 32.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.5 assists per contest and 10.7 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Danilo Gallinari averages 17.3 points per game while playing 34.1 minutes per contest this year for the Nuggets. He grabs 5.9 rebounds per game and has 2.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage currently is at 90%. Will Barton averages 15.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 29.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 6 rebounds per contest and 2.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Cleveland averages 99.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 4.6 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 15th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 54 rebounds per game and 22.5 assists per game which ranks them 6th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 13th with 14.5 per game. The Cavaliers allow 95.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 3rd in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 9th and 8th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 49.9 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 20.4 assists per contest which puts them in 8th place in the league. They force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 24th in the league.
Denver averages 99.2 points per game this year which ranks them 22nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -4.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 21st spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 52.6 rebounds per game and 22.5 assists per contest which ranks them 12th and 12th respectively. In the turnover department the Nuggets rank 18th with 15 per game. The Nuggets allow 103.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc ranking them 26th and 30th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 50.9 rebounds a game which ranks 8th and they give up 22.9 assists per contest which puts them in 22nd place in the league. The Nuggets force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the NBA.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 12-16-0 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 13-15-0 against the over/under
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 14-16-1 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 16-14-1 against the over/under
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Denver Nuggets Injuries
12/28/15 PG Emmanuel Mudiay Ankle expected to miss Tuesday vs. Cleveland
12/28/15 F Danilo Gallinari Ankle expected to miss Tuesday vs. Cleveland
11/12/15 F Wilson Chandler Hip out for season
10/28/15 C Jusuf Nurkic Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Cleveland
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