Denver Nuggets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 2/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (-6)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the venue where and the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-19) will play the Denver Nuggets (15-13) on Friday. Denver opens this contest as 6-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 227.
The Denver Nuggets stepped onto the hardwood against the Washington Wizards and took a loss by a score of 130-128 in their last contest. Denver finished the contest with a 52.2% field goal percentage (48 out of 92) and made 17 of 38 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Nuggets converted 15 of 18 shots for a percentage of 83.3%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 42 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 23 dimes for this contest while having 8 steals and 7 blocks. When it comes to defense, Denver allowed the other team to shoot 51.2% from the floor on 44 of 86 shooting. Washington earned 31 assists and had 7 steals in this matchup. Additionally, the Wizards totaled 46 rebounds (10 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Washington finished 79.4% from the charity stripe by converting 27 of their 34 attempts. They also converted 15 out of their 33 tries from downtown.
Jamal Murray is one player who played a role in the matchup. He ended up walking away with 35 points on 13 of 25 shooting. He played for 39:38 minutes played and totaled 9 rebounds. Murray shot 52.0% from the floor and distributed 6 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Nuggets was Nikola Jokić. He pulled down 7 boards and also accounted for 9 dimes. He finished 57.1% from the floor in this contest by going 12-of-21 (33 points). In all, Jokić saw the court for 36:53 min.
Denver will enter this matchup with a record of 15-13 for the year. They currently have an average of 115.4 pts per contest (6th in the NBA) while shooting 48.0% from the floor. The Nuggets are connecting on 37.8% on shots from downtown (371 of 981) and 77.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Denver is pulling in 44.1 rebounds per contest and has tallied 745 dimes for the season, which is 5th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.8 times per game and as a unit they are committing 20.0 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Nuggets are forcing their opponents into 14.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.0 personal fouls. They are giving up 36.6% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 13th in basketball in points per game allowed (111.7). The Nuggets defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.2% (418 of 588) and they surrender 42.4 boards per contest as a squad. They are ranked 27th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 751 conceded for the year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Cleveland Cavaliers went home defeated by a final of 129-98 when they faced the Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers were able to collect 34 defensive boards and 15 offensive boards totaling 49 in the matchup. They blocked 3 shots while earning 10 steals for the game. The Warriors committed 23 personal fouls for the game which got the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to convert 16 of the free throw tries for a clip of 80.0%. When talking about 3-point attempts, Cleveland knocked down 8 of their 30 tries (26.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Cavaliers finished 37 for 95 from the field which had them at 38.9%. The Cavaliers allowed the Warriors to make 46 of their 88 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 52.3% for this contest. They shot 45.9% from 3-point land by going 17 of 37 and walked away from this one shooting 20 out of 21 from the free throw line (95.2%). When it comes to rebounding, Cleveland allowed Golden State to get 39 overall (5 offensive).
Collin Sexton pitched in for the Cavaliers in the game. He converted 9 out of 20 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 45.0%, which had him finishing with 23 points. Sexton pulled down 3 boards in his 41:50 mins of time on the court and added 5 dimes for the game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Cleveland was Cedi Osman. He accumulated 17 points in 35:14 minutes on the hardwood by way of 6 of 15 from the floor in the game. Osman finished going 40.0% from the field and also collecting 2 assists and 10 total rebounds.
Cleveland has a win-loss mark of 10-19 for the season. Cleveland has accounted for 3,013 pts so far this season (103.9 per contest) and they collect 43.7 boards per game. The Cavaliers are committing 19.4 personal fouls every game and they hit 71.8% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Cavaliers are shooting 44.8% from the floor, which is ranked 25th in the league. They are earning an assist 23.0 times per contest (26th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.4 times per contest. The Cavaliers are ranked 20th in the league in points allowed per game with 113.0. The Cleveland defense allows 40.1% on 3-point attempts (387 of 966) and their opponents are converting on 77.2% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 25.2 dimes and 44.2 boards per contest, ranking them 19th and 15th in basketball. They have forced 15.7 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.1% from the floor (28th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (+6)
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