Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers / NBA – As things stand now, Denver will be fighting for the playoffs this season, and fans hope that they will, unlike last season, manage to be in the playoffs. The Cavs are in the upper part of the East but still far from the desired and expected form. Begins: 11.03.2018. – 04:30 CET
For the time being, Denver has no problem with Cleveland, because they have defeated them in the first duel at home with 126:117. The match took place a few days ago, and Nuggets were taken to a victory mostly thanks to Harris and his 32 points, while Barton scored 23. Denver scored 19 three-pointers and as a team they had as many as 35 assists. They use the absence of the Cavs' wings in the best way, though returnees Millsap and Jokic were not over-effective in attack. And now they will have enough space in the zone, though their main goal will be to stop James, who has been forced to take much of the work on himself.
This will be one of the few home matches in March for the Nuggets, since they will play 11 matches outside of their hall from the total of 15 in March. With Millsap’s return in the team, Jokic has reduced the impact of the attack when the points are in question and coach Malone points out that it will take a little time for the two to adjust to one another. The reservist Plumlee gives an excellent contribution as well as Barton, one of the best wild cards from the bench in the entire league.
Probable lineups Denver Nuggets: Harris, Murray, Chandler, Millsap, Jokic
The Cavs have with a victory over Pistons (112:90) manage to break the mini-series of defeats (Nuggets, 76ers) and defend their third place in the East. They have 37 wins and 26 defeats, and they have a side effect of 15-15. They have the fifth attack in the league, but what continues to crack in the team of Cavs is their defence, since they are among the worst defensive teams in the league with an average of almost 110 received points per match. They also cannot boast with their rebounds and they occupy only 23rd place in a complete league. That is why they have suffered 26 defeats and had several crisis periods this season.
They are now preparing a new team, though it must be said that almost everyone has adjusted well, since Nance Jr, Hood, Hill and Clarkson have been playing really good since they arrived to Cleveland. Nance Jr. had his first appearance in the first five against the Pistons and it was one of the best matches in his career (22 points and 15 rebounds). The problem with Cavs is that they still cannot count on the injured Love, while Thompson has missed the match with the Pistons and will not be ready for at least two weeks (while Green is also injured). The Cavs are starting their tour of six matches in a row outside of their hall as guests in Denver.
Probable lineups Cleveland Cavaliers: Hill, Smith, Hood, James, Nance Jr
Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers PICK
Denver won the first duel against the Cavs thanks to their outside shot, and now they could have the advantage under the basket, as the Cavsi have a reduced rotation at positions 4 and 5. Both teams have good outside shooters, which Is why we expect something similar to the first duel, or a match with a large number of points.
Pick: over 230.5 points
Odds: 1.91 at William Hill (down to 1.82 can be played)