Through 3 Quarters
Only one more quarter stands between the Denver Nuggets and the win they were favored to collect going into this night. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-82.
Point guard Jamal Murray has led the way so far for Denver, as he has 30 points in addition to five rebounds. Cleveland has been relying on the performance of center Jarrett Allen, who has 16 points and four assists along with six boards. A double-double would be Allen’s third in a row.
the Cavaliers have lost 85% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this season, so this one seems just about wrapped up
Denver @ Cleveland
Current Records: Denver 15-13; Cleveland 10-19
What to Know
After five games on the road, the Cleveland Cavaliers are heading back home. They will take on the Denver Nuggets at 7 p.m. ET Friday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse after having had a few days off. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this matchup.
There’s no need to mince words: the Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, and they lost bad. The score wound up at 129-98. One thing holding Cleveland back was the mediocre play of point guard Darius Garland, who did not have his best game: he picked up four fouls and turned the ball over four times en route to a 6-for-20, 16-point finish.
Meanwhile, it was close but no cigar for Denver as they fell 130-128 to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. The Nuggets were up 41-24 at the end of the first quarter but couldn’t hold on to the lead. Despite the defeat, they had strong showings from point guard Jamal Murray, who shot 5-for-10 from beyond the arc and finished with 35 points, six assists and nine rebounds, and center Nikola Jokic, who had 33 points and nine assists along with seven boards.
Cleveland is expected to lose this next one by 9. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past 11 games, so buyers beware.
Cleveland took a serious blow against Denver in the teams’ previous meeting earlier this month, falling 133-95. Maybe the Cavaliers will have more luck at home instead of on the road? Watch the game and check back on CBS Sports for all the details.
How To WatchWhen: Friday at 7 p.m. ETWhere: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — Cleveland, OhioTV: Altitude Sports & EntertainmntFollow: CBS Sports AppOdds
The Nuggets are a big 9-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Nuggets as an 8-point favorite.
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Cleveland have won six out of their last 11 games against Denver.
Feb 10, 2021 – Denver 133 vs. Cleveland 95Mar 07, 2020 – Cleveland 104 vs. Denver 102Jan 11, 2020 – Cleveland 111 vs. Denver 103Jan 19, 2019 – Denver 124 vs. Cleveland 102Nov 01, 2018 – Denver 110 vs. Cleveland 91Mar 07, 2018 – Cleveland 113 vs. Denver 108Mar 03, 2018 – Denver 126 vs. Cleveland 117Mar 22, 2017 – Denver 126 vs. Cleveland 113Feb 11, 2017 – Cleveland 125 vs. Denver 109Mar 21, 2016 – Cleveland 124 vs. Denver 91Dec 29, 2015 – Cleveland 93 vs. Denver 87Injury Report for ClevelandKevin Love: Out (Calf)Matthew Dellavedova: Out (Concussion)Taurean Prince: Out (Ankle)Andre Drummond: Out (Not Injury Related)Larry Nance Jr.: Out (Finger)Injury Report for DenverJaMychal Green: Game-Time Decision (Shoulder)Paul Millsap: Out (Knee)Gary Harris: Out (Thigh)PJ Dozier: Out (Hamstring)Greg Whittington: Out (Knee)