Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets January 6 Betting Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets January 6 Betting Preview

Barry Devoe
3 weeks ago
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Evan Mobley drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets

The Cleveland Cavaliers (25-14) are on a three-game winning streak, as they’re within striking distance of the first seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Denver Nuggets (25-13) are currently on top of the Western Conference, as they are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview

Donovan Mitchell didn’t have the strongest performance to follow up his 71-point outburst on Monday night, as he put up 20 points on a forgettable 6-of-20 shooting from the field to go along with nine assists and six rebounds.

Caris LeVert picked up some of the scoring slack, finishing with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Aside from those two, the Cavs didn’t get too many contributions from their regular guys, but Raul Neto and Cedi Osman provided a scoring lift off the bench with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

For the Cavs in this upcoming matchup, they will need to limit Nikola Jokic at all costs, as they’ll likely rely on Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley to use their size and length to prevent “The Joker” from getting good positioning down low.

The Cavs will also need to look out for the three-point shooting of the Nuggets, as they love to move the ball around the arc to find the open shooter, especially when Jokic draws double teams inside the paint.

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Denver Nuggets Betting Preview

The Nuggets are coming off a blowout win over the Los Angeles Clippers, as they essentially had the game wrapped up by halftime.

Their regulars were able to take it easy for the majority of the second half, given that the damage had already been inflicted, but a lot of them still put up solid performances.

Jamal Murray led the way with 18 points. Nikola Jokic added 12 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Aaron Gordon chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

When the Nuggets have contributions from their key guys, they are just incredibly tough to stop with the diversity of skill sets they all have to offer on both ends of the floor.

Jokic is pretty much just a cheat code at this stage and knows exactly when to get his and when to set up plays for others. The Nuggets have also built the perfect team around him to maximize his strengths and cover for the few weaknesses he has.

Odds

The Nuggets are favored by a -6 spread, as they’ll be the home team in this one.

Both teams are hot and are on top of the league in the standings, so this game should be a battle.

However, the Nuggets will have the advantage of being home, and given their recent play, they should be expected to take this game and cover the spread in the process.

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