Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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The Cleveland Cavaliers head to Pepsi Center to take on the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 4.5 point favorites.
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The Cavaliers come into this game with an overall record of 46-23. They are 1st in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 4.1 as they are averaging 110.4 points per game while giving up 106.3 per contest. The Nuggets have an overall record of 33-37. They currently are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 111.3 points per game and surrendering 111.0, good for a point differential of 0.3.
Valuable Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 31-35-3 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 38-31-0 against the over/under
Important Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 38-31-1 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 44-25-1 against the over/under
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/16/16 F Chris Andersen ACL out for season
03/19/17 G Kyle Korver Foot "?" Wednesday vs. Denver
03/19/17 C Tristan Thompson Mouth left last game, "?" Wednesday vs. Denver
03/06/17 C Andrew Bogut Leg out for season
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
03/20/17 F Wilson Chandler Groin "?" Wednesday vs. Cleveland
03/19/17 F Danilo Gallinari Knee "?" Wednesday vs. Cleveland
03/19/17 F Darrell Arthur Knee out indefinitely
03/04/17 G Mo Williams Knee out for season
Lebron James comes into this game averaging 26.2 points per contest while playing 37.6 minutes per night so far this year for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 8.4 rebounds per contest and dishes out 8.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 54% while his free throw percentage is currently at 68%. Kyrie Irving averages 25.5 points per game in 35.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.8 assists per contest and 3.3 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 91%.
Nikola Jokic averages 16.2 points per game while playing 27.2 minutes per contest this year for the Nuggets. He grabs 9.4 rebounds per game and has 4.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 58% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Gary Harris averages 14.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 3 rebounds per contest and 2.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
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Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 110.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 4.09 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 43.8 rebounds per game and 22.4 assists per game which ranks them 14th and 16th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 18th with 13.6 per game. The Cavaliers allow 106.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 19th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 15th and 22nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.2 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 24.3 assists per contest which puts them in 28th place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver averages 111.3 points per game this year which ranks them 3rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.34 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 7th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 5th in the NBA. They average 46.2 rebounds per game and 25.1 assists per contest which ranks them 1st and 3rd respectively. In the turnover department the Nuggets rank 5th with 15.3 per game. The Nuggets allow 111 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 29th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 40.1 rebounds a game which ranks 1st and they give up 24.3 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. The Nuggets force 12.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the NBA.
The Cavaliers have an offensive rating of 113.9 and a defensive rating of 109.7. In terms of pace they average 96.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 55%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they shoot 3 pointers on 40% of their shots. Cleveland turns the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Nuggets rating on offense is 113.1 and they have a defensive rating of 112.7. They get 98 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 53%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Denver turns the ball over on 13.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11.1 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Nuggets NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Cleveland -4.5
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