Cleveland Cavaliers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction NBA Picks 3/31/24

Denver Nuggets (51-23) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (45-29)

Game Info: Sunday, March 31, 2024 at 3:30 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -5.5 -- Over/Under: 211 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets meet Sunday in NBA action at the Ball Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Cavaliers vs Nuggets prediction.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't been at their best as they've lost seven of their last 11 games overall, but they will be eager to build some momentum after sneaking past the 76ers in a 117-114 home win on Friday. Georges Niang led the team with 25 points on 10 of 14 shooting off the bench, Evan Mobley added 20 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks while Darius Garland tallied 14 points with 12 assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 54 percent from the field and 16 of 37 from the 3-point line as they trailed early in the fourth quarter, before they went on a pivotal 11-3 run to turn the tide and reclaim the lead for good.

Denver Nuggets

Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in great shape as they've won nine of their last 12 games overall, but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting thrashed by the Timberwolves in a 111-98 loss on Friday. Nikola Jokic led the team with 32 points, 10 rebounnds and five assists, Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr each scored 14 points while Reggie Jackson chipped in with 12 points and 10 assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot just 39 percent from the field and eight of 28 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace from the start, scoring just 17 points in the second quarter to trail by 19 points going into halftime before the margin blew out to 26 points in the third quarter. Reggie Jackson shot just four of 15 from the field while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished scoreless in 28 minutes of action.

Denver Nuggets Player Facts

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ranks 11th amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.
  • Aaron Gordon ranks 17th amongst qualified players for FG% (55.2%) this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers Player Facts

  • Jarrett Allen ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FG% (63.1%) this season.
  • Donovan Mitchell ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.8) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Nuggets rank 30th in the league for three-point field goal attempts per game this season (30.9).
  • The Nuggets rank 2nd in the league for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (11.3).
  • The Cavaliers rank 1st in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (26.6).
  • The Cavaliers rank 4th in the league for opponent assists per game this season (24.7).

Cavaliers vs Nuggets prediction

The Cavaliers don't have a single player listed on the injury report, while the Nuggets have ruled out Zeke Nnaji and they have Jamal Murray listed as questionable. The Cavaliers have really been struggling lately as they were struggling with injuries, but they looked good in their narrow win over the 76ers on Friday. The Cavs are just about back to full health, but it is the Nuggets who are clearly the team in better form as they were on fire before running into the Timberwolves on Friday. This should be a close one, but I am sticking with the more reliable Nuggets to bounce back with a win and cover at home in this spot.

 

Peter’s Pick Denver -5.5

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