Denver Nuggets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds, Lines, Picks & Predictions – NBA, Mar. 18

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BetMGM Betting @BETMGM Mar 18, 2022, 5:15 PM
  • The Nuggets (34-25) are -2.5 favorites vs. the Cavaliers (35-24)
  • Total (Over/Under): 222.5 points
  • Friday, March 18, 2022 at 7:30pm EDT
  • Watch the game on BSOH & ALT

The Denver Nuggets visit Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30pm EDT in Cleveland.

The Nuggets are betting favorites in this NBA matchup, with the spread sitting at -2.5 (-115).

So far this NBA season, the Nuggets are 31-37 against the spread, while the Cavaliers are 36-27 against the spread.

The Nuggets vs Cavaliers Over/Under is 222.5 total points for the game.


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Nuggets vs. Cavaliers Odds, Over/Under & Moneyline

SpreadOver / UnderMoneyline
Denver Nuggets-2.5 -115O 222.5 -110-145
Cleveland Cavaliers +2.5 -105U 222.5 -110120

Against the spread this NBA season, the Nuggets have gone:

  • 31-37 against the Spread (-9.7 Units / -12.97% ROI)
  • 40-28 against the Moneyline (-10.3 Units / -6.51% ROI)
  • 37-31 against the Over for game total points (+2.9 Units / 3.88% ROI)
  • 31-37 against the Under for game total points (-9.7 Units / -12.97% ROI)
  • Away – Positive ATS Trends
  • Away – Negative ATS Trends

Against the spread this NBA season, the Cavaliers have gone:

  • 36-27 against the Spread (+6.25 Units / 8.48% ROI)
  • 38-29 against the Moneyline (+16.75 Units / 14.86% ROI)
  • 26-39 against the Over for game total points (-16.9 Units / -22.93% ROI)
  • 39-26 against the Under for game total points (+10.4 Units / 14.11% ROI)
  • Home – Positive ATS Trends
  • Home – Negative ATS Trends

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Denver Nuggets: Keys to the Game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Nuggets were 7-3 (.700) when allowing 12 or more offensive rebounds last season — 2nd best among NBA teams; League Avg: .503

The Nuggets are 43-18 (.705) when they win the turnover margin since the start of the 2020-21 season — 3rd best among NBA teams; League Avg: .556

The Nuggets are 34-11 (.756) when scoring 15 or more second chance points since the start of the 2020-21 season — 2nd best among NBA teams; League Avg: .542

The Nuggets are 14-5 (.737) when allowing fewer than 10 fastbreak points this season — 4th best among NBA teams; League Avg: .570

Cleveland Cavaliers: Keys to the Game vs. the Denver Nuggets

The Cavaliers were 7-19 (.269) when allowing fewer than 10 second chance points last season — 3rd lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: .553

The Cavaliers were 5-23 (.179) when allowing 15 or more fastbreak points last season — 2nd lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: .413

The Cavaliers were 6-36 (.143) when allowing 110 or more points last season — 3rd lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: .321

The Cavaliers are 19-6 (.760) when they win the turnover margin this season — 3rd best among NBA teams; League Avg: .561

Injury Report: Cavaliers vs. NuggetsFriday‘s Game, Mar. 18

  • Jarrett Allen (Cavaliers): Allen has a fractured finger and is out indefinitely, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
  • Collin Sexton (Cavaliers): Sexton underwent surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to miss the rest of the season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
  • Rajon Rondo (Cavaliers): Rondo is out for Friday’s (Mar. 18) game against Philadelphia.
  • Dean Wade (Cavaliers): Wade is out for Friday’s (Mar. 18) game against Philadelphia.
  • Zeke Nnaji (Nuggets): Nnaji is questionable for Friday’s (Mar. 18) game against Cleveland.
  • Vlatko Cancar (Nuggets): The Nuggets announced that Cancar had surgery on his foot and will be re-evaluated in 12 weeks.
  • Michael Porter Jr. (Nuggets): Porter Jr. has been cleared for on-court contact and is hoping to return sometime in March, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
  • Jamal Murray (Nuggets): Murray is recovering from a torn ACL and no timetable has been announced for his return.

Denver Nuggets Offensive Stats & Trends

The Nuggets have averaged 14.7 assists per game (633 assists/43 games) in the first half this season — best among NBA teams; League Avg: 12.4

The Nuggets have 18.0 free throw attempts per game this season — lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 20.8

The Nuggets have averaged 8.7 offensive rebounds per game (376 rebounds/43 games) this season — 2nd lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 10.3

The Nuggets are shooting 50% (2,609/5,184) in the first half since the start of the 2020-21 season — best among NBA teams; League Avg: 46%

Cleveland Cavaliers Offensive Stats & Trends

The Cavaliers averaged 102.5 points per game (7,379 points/72 games) last season — lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 111.8

The Cavaliers averaged 51.8 points per game (3,726 points/72 games) in the first half last season — 2nd lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 56.5

The Cavaliers made 9.9 three-pointers per game last season — tied for lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 12.7

The Cavaliers averaged 50.3 points per game (3,568 points/71 games) in the second half last season — lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 54.8

Denver Nuggets Defensive Stats & Trends

The Nuggets have averaged 3.8 blocks per game (164 blocks/43 games) this season — tied for 2nd lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 4.8

The Nuggets have averaged 4.2 blocks per game (249 blocks/59 games) on the road since the start of the 2020-21 season — tied for 3rd lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 4.8

The Nuggets stole the ball 582 times last season — 7th most among NBA teams

The Nuggets have averaged 4.2 blocks per game (487 blocks/115 games) since the start of the 2020-21 season — tied for 3rd lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 4.9

Cleveland Cavaliers Defensive Stats & Trends

The Cavaliers averaged 31.9 defensive rebounds per game (2,299 rebounds/72 games) last season — lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 34.4

The Cavaliers have averaged 32.9 defensive rebounds per game (3,880 rebounds/118 games) since the start of the 2020-21 season — 4th lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 34.3

The Cavaliers have averaged 4.2 blocks per game (254 blocks/61 games) on the road since the start of the 2020-21 season — tied for 3rd lowest among NBA teams; League Avg: 4.8


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