Denver At Cleveland Free Pick, Prediction & TV Info
Over the last couple of seasons, a trend had developed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. They seem to spend the regular season surrounded by drama and playing poorly on the road, only to pull things together in the playoffs. This season you have a feud between LeBron James and Charles Barkley playing out, not to mention a rather public courting of Carmelo Anthony, who the Cavs seem to want to land at all costs. The same issues are plaguing this team when they play on the road, too, going just 3 games over .500 away from home this season. They ae a much different team at home, though, which could spell bad news for the Denver Nuggets, who make the trip to Cleveland on Saturday night. The Nuggets are clinging to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and are sure to put up a good fight in this one, as they are feeling the heat of the chasing pack sitting just behind them. Find the updated NBA betting lines here.
Nuggets At Cavaliers Free Pick, Prediction & TV Info
When: Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 PM EST
Where: Quicken Loans Arena
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets are the perfect example of the huge divide that separates the top few teams from the rest of the pack. They are 6 games below .500 right now, yet are still holding onto the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Like the Cavaliers, this is a team that is much better at home than they are on the road. The Denver Nuggets are 14-12 on home court, but are just 9-17 away from the cozy confines of their own building. The majority of their wins have come against struggling teams, as they are just 6-18 versus team who are above .500. That does not bode well for them heading into Cleveland this weekend.
Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers
The champions are following a very similar path to the one that they took last season, which means they are doing their best work on home court this year. This group has gone 22-5 on home court, but are barely above .500 on the road. They are coming off a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road, but this is a team that hasn’t really fallen prey to any sort of losing skid so far this season. The biggest question with this team right now is their focus, as there are times when they appear to be bored and just waiting for the playoffs to begin. Despite all of this, they are maintaining a comfortable lead atop the Eastern Conference, and don’t really look like giving that lead up.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Cavaliers won both meetings against the Nuggets last season, and there is nothing here to suggest that they will let this one slip away. Cleveland are just too good at home, and should have no problem taking care of a Nuggets team that has struggled on the road.
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