Denver Nuggets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 11/19/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Sunday, November 19, 2023
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
The Cleveland Cavaliers (5-6) are hosting the Denver Nuggets (9-2) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday.
The Nuggets stepped onto the hardwood against the Clippers and went home with a win by a final score of 111-108 in their last contest. Denver finished having earned a 53.4% FG percentage (39 of 73) and knocked down 8 of 23 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nuggets made 25 of their 32 shots for a percentage of 78.1%. In terms of pulling down boards, they compiled 36 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 26 dimes in this contest in addition to creating 10 turnovers and having 4 steals. In terms of defending, Denver allowed their opponent to shoot 43.0% from the field on 37 of 86 shooting. Los Angeles earned 21 dimes and had 10 steals in the game. Moreover, Los Angeles grabbed 42 rebounds (14 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Los Angeles shot 87.5% at the charity stripe by converting 21 of 24 tries. They made 13 of their 29 attempts from long range. In the matter of fouls, the Nuggets ended up finishing with 19 while the Clippers accumulated 24 fouls.
Nikola Jokic is someone who was a major contributor for this contest. Jokic ended up going 34.8% from the floor and earned 9 assists. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins and snagged 16 boards. He accounted for 32 points on 8 of 23 shooting.
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Denver comes into this one with a win-loss record of 9-2 on the year. They turn it over 13.3 times per game and as a unit they commit 18.2 fouls per game. As a unit, Denver is snagging 44.6 rebounds per contest and has racked up 320 assists for the season, which has them ranked 5th in basketball in terms of passing. The Nuggets are hitting 35.6% on shots from beyond the arc (126 of 354) and 71.9% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 114.5 points per contest (11th in the league) while shooting 50.5% from the field.
On defense, the Nuggets are able to force 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.8 personal fouls. They are 5th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 258 conceded for the campaign. The Nuggets defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 44.6% (431 of 967) and they surrender 42.2 boards per game as a unit. They concede 33.5% from beyond the arc and they are 5th in the league in PPG from their opponents (106.3).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Cavaliers took home the win by a final score of 109-95 when they faced the Trail Blazers. The Cavaliers recorded 40 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 47 in this contest. They also turned the ball over 17 times, while earning 5 steals in this matchup. The Trail Blazers were called for 21 fouls in this matchup which took the Cavaliers to the free throw line for 21 attempts. They were able to bury 16 of them for a rate of 76.2%. When it comes to shots from downtown, Cleveland converted 9 of 30 attempts (30.0%). Overall, the Cavaliers finished 42 for 75 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.0%. The Cavaliers permitted the Trail Blazers to convert 34 of their 91 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 37.4% for this game. They shot 34.2% from three-point range by shooting 13 out of 38 and ended up shooting 14 out of 16 at the free throw line (87.5%). When discussing rebounding, Cleveland permitted Portland to grab 30 in total (8 offensive).
Donovan Mitchell was important for the Cavaliers for this game. Mitchell had 34 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 4 dimes for this contest. He made 13 of 20 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 65.0%, and had 6 rebounds.
Cleveland has a mark of 5-6 this year. On the offensive side of the court, the Cavaliers are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which is ranked 18th in basketball. Cleveland has scored 1,216 points this year (110.5 per game) and they pull in 44.5 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 24.0 times per contest (23rd in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 14.1 times per contest. The Cavaliers are committing 20.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 77.3% from the charity stripe.
The Cleveland defense concedes 38.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (144 of 373) and opponents are knocking down 75.8% of their free throw shots. They allow 25.7 assists and 44.5 boards every game, which has them ranked 15th and 17th in basketball. The Cavaliers on the defensive side of the court are 13th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 112.2. They are forcing their opponents into 14.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.3% from the field (5th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Cleveland
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