Cleveland Cavaliers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 2/10/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+9.5)
The Denver Nuggets (12-11) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-15) at Ball Arena on Wednesday. The spread on this contest has Denver as 9.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 225.
The Cleveland Cavaliers faced off with the Phoenix Suns and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 119-113 in their last contest. Cleveland walked away from the game having earned a 51.2% field goal percentage (44 out of 86) and made 8 of their 24 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Cavaliers buried 17 of 25 tries for a percentage of 68.0%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they collected 39 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 23 assists in the game as well as having 5 steals and 5 blocks. When talking about defense, Cleveland allowed the other team to go 52.2% from the field on 47 of 90 shooting. Phoenix distributed 29 assists and had 7 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Suns collected 41 boards (14 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Phoenix ended up going 73.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of 19 tries. They knocked down 11 of their 24 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Collin Sexton is someone who came through in this game. He accounted for 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34:13 mins and also snagged 2 boards. Sexton finished 66.7% from the floor and earned 5 assists. One more player that was a major factor in this matchup for the Cavaliers was Darius Garland. He collected 2 boards and also earned 7 assists. He ended up going 33.3% from the field for this contest by connecting on 6-of-18 (17 points). When this game wrapped up, Garland played 37:07 minutes.
Cleveland heads into this matchup with a record of 10-15 this year. The Cavaliers are connecting on 34.9% on shots from downtown (230 of 659) and 71.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 104.0 pts per contest (29th in basketball) while connecting on 45.3% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 15.4 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 18.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Cleveland is grabbing 43.5 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 579 assists on the season, which is 15th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Cavaliers are able to force 16.0 turnovers per game and they draw 20.2 personal fouls. They currently rank 26th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 619 surrendered this year. The Cavaliers are giving up a FG percentage of 47.3% (401 of 505) and they surrender 44.5 boards per game as a group. They give up 39.6% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 9th in the league in opponents PPG (110.3).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Denver Nuggets took a defeat with a final score of 125-112 when they faced the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nuggets were able to snag 30 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 for this contest. They blocked 4 shots while recording 5 steals for this game. The Bucks had 19 personal fouls for this contest which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throws for a clip of 93.8%. In reference to 3-point attempts, Denver knocked down 15 of their 36 tries (41.7%). Overall, the Nuggets ended up shooting 41 out of 94 from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.6%. The Nuggets permitted the Bucks to knock down 45 out of 89 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 50.6% for this game. They went 40.0% from distance by shooting 16 of 40 and ended up shooting 19 of 22 at the free throw line (86.4%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Denver permitted Milwaukee to collect 50 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Nikola Jokić pitched in for the Nuggets for the contest. He converted 13 out of 26 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which got him 35 points. Jokić snagged 12 rebounds in his 39:06 minutes of playing time and had 6 dimes for the matchup. Someone else that played a role for Denver was Will Barton. He ended up finishing with 24 points in 38:41 mins on the hardwood via 9 of 16 shooting for the game. Barton ended up shooting 56.3% from the floor as well as collecting 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
Denver has a record of 12-11 so far this year. Denver has scored 2,651 points for the season (115.3 per contest) and they pull in 44.7 rebounds per contest. The Nuggets are responsible for committing 20.0 fouls per contest while shooting 77.6% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Nuggets are hitting on 47.6% from the floor, which is ranked 8th in the league. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.7 times per contest (7th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.0 times per game. The Nuggets defensively are ranked 20th in the league in PPG allowed with 112.7. They are forcing 14.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.8% from the field (27th in the NBA). The Denver defense allows 37.6% on shots from beyond the arc (309 of 821) and their opposition knocks down 76.4% of their free throw shots. They concede 26.8 dimes and 41.4 rebounds every game, which is ranked 28th and 2nd in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (+9.5)
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