The Denver Nuggets are still in the early stages of the friendliest stretch of their 2012-2013 schedule. They know they need to take care of business against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Denver Nuggets – Friday, January 11 at 9:05 EST
Sport betting line: Nuggets -11 1/2 and the total is 205 1/2
Why Cleveland Will Win
Online football betting students who want to add a little intrigue to the coming weekend of NFL playoff action might be curious about this contest on Friday night, just before the Denver Broncos start the divisional playoff round. Cleveland has only nine wins to this point in the season, but the Cavaliers just thumped the Atlanta Hawks – a top-four team in the Eastern Conference – by 16 points. The Cavs played suffocating defense, limiting the Hawks to just 83 points on Wednesday night. Moreover, superstar point guard Kyrie Irving threw down 33 points to lead Cleveland. Say what you want about the rest of the Cavaliers, especially their frontcourt, but Irving is already an elite player in the league. He can explode on any given night, devastating defenses with a lethal first step to the basket and a deft dribble that can cut through defenders. Irving gives Cleveland scoring punch and the ability to distort the shape of opposing defenses with his quickness.
Denver, for its part, has not been particularly convincing over the past few weeks. The Nuggets lost at home to Minnesota and barely edged by the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, winning at home by only three points after trailing in the final three minutes of regulation. Cleveland could definitely walk into the Mile High City and steal this contest.
Why Denver Will Win
With an online horse betting guru or a college football betting expert, the calculus of a given event can sometimes depend not on the excellence of the favored athlete or team, but on the lack of excellence in the competition. Cleveland, thanks to Irving, can play well on occasion, but the Cavaliers are 19 games below the .500 mark because they just don’t sustain their efforts. This is a team whose interior players are a cut below the rest of the league, save for a few equally bad teams. Denver has more size and length near the rim. Kenneth Faried is a high-energy big man who is tenacious on the glass and offers the kind of robust defense that Cleveland’s low-post players will not be able to handle. Denver enjoys generally favorable matchups at most spots on the floor. The fact that the Nuggets are not playing a game on Thursday night will give them a chance to physically and mentally regroup for the Cavs in this one. Denver is in the midst of an 18-game stretch in which it is playing 15 of those games at home. Denver is 4-1 in this 18-game pocket, and the Nuggets know that they must take advantage of this part of their schedule.
Who Will Win?
The sense here is that Denver will play better than it did versus Orlando on Wednesday, while Cleveland will play worse than it did versus Atlanta on Wednesday. Take Denver.
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NBA Betting Pick: Denver