Denver Nuggets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 2/23/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+2)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is where the Cleveland Cavaliers will meet the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. Cleveland opens this matchup as 2-point favorites. The total comes in at 221.5.
The Nuggets took the court against the Mavericks and earned the victory with a final of 118-109 in their last contest. When it comes to fouls, the Nuggets ended up with 14 while the Mavericks racked up 13 fouls. They also made 14 of 39 shots from distance. Dallas went 85.0% from the charity stripe by burying 17 of 20 attempts. On top of that, Dallas snagged 31 boards (6 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Dallas earned 25 assists and had 8 steals for the game. Concerning defense, Denver allowed 46.4% from the field on 39 of 84 shooting. They also dished out 34 assists in the matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and earning 7 steals. With regard to getting rebounds, they collected 43 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Nuggets knocked down 11 of 15 attempts for a rate of 73.3%. Denver walked away from the contest with a 57.1% FG percentage (48 out of 84) and converted 11 of their 31 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Jeff Green is a guy who had an impact for the matchup. He totaled 24 points on 11 out of 16 shooting. He played 26 minutes and totaled 1 rebound. Green ended up shooting 68.8% from the field and also recorded 1 assist.
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Denver comes into this game with a mark of 41-18 for the campaign. They average 117.1 pts per game (6th in the league) while connecting on 51.2% from the field. The Nuggets are shooting 39.2% on three-point attempts (712 of 1,815) and 75.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Denver is pulling down 42.7 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,718 assists on the year, which ranks 2nd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.9 times per game and as a group are committing 19.1 personal fouls per contest.
On defense, the Nuggets are able to force 13.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.8 fouls. They are conceding 34.9% on 3-point shots and they are 13th in the NBA in opponents points per game (112.7). The Nuggets defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 48.0% (2,451 of 5,111) and they relinquish 40.0 rebounds per contest as a team. They are ranked 22nd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,516 surrendered for the year.
In their last game, the Cavaliers took a loss by a score of 118-112 when they played the 76ers. The Cavaliers earned 25 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 35 in the matchup. They turned the ball over 8 times, while getting 7 steals for this contest. The 76ers were called for 22 personal fouls in this contest which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 25 tries. They were able to bury 20 of the free throws for a rate of 80.0%. Concerning shooting from distance, Cleveland knocked down 10 of their 30 tries (33.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Cavaliers shot 41 for 82 from the floor which had them shooting 50.0%. The Cavaliers permitted the 76ers to knock down 39 out of 78 tries from the floor which left them shooting 50.0% in the game. They finished the game shooting 48.1% from three-point range by going 13 out of 27 and walked away from this one shooting 27 out of 29 at the charity stripe (93.1%). Concerning rebounding, Cleveland allowed Philadelphia to collect 38 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Donovan Mitchell pitched in for the Cavaliers for this game. Mitchell had 33 points in his 42 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 dimes for the matchup. He knocked down 11 of 24 for this game for a rate of 45.8%, and tallied 5 rebounds.
Cleveland has a mark of 38-23 this season. The Cavaliers have committed 18.6 fouls per contest and they shoot 77.8% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 24.9 times per game (17th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.9 times per contest. Cleveland has totaled 6,817 points on the campaign (111.8 per contest) and they pull down 41.9 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Cavaliers are connecting on 48.9% from the floor, which is ranked 5th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers are ranked 1st in basketball in PPG given up with 106.1. They are able to force 15.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (6th in the league). The Cleveland defense surrenders 36.6% on 3-point attempts (688 of 1,881) and their opposition makes 77.5% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 22.8 dimes and 40.2 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 1st and 2nd in basketball.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Cleveland (-2) and under 221.5 points
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