Cavaliers vs Nuggets Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, February 23, 2023

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The Cleveland Cavaliers (38-23) bring their solid defense into a matchup with the efficient offense of the Denver Nuggets (41-18) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on February 23, 2023, where the Cavaliers 2.5-point favorites. The over/under in the matchup is 223.

How to bet Cavaliers vs. Nuggets

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -139 odds to pick up the win, while the Nuggets are listed at +118 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 223 points.

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Cavaliers vs. Nuggets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSOH
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Cavaliers vs. Nuggets Betting Trends

The Cavaliers have played 61 games, with 33 wins against the spread. Cleveland has been chosen as the favorite in 49 games this year and has walked away with the win 35 times (71.4%) in those games. Cavaliers games this year have eclipsed the over/under 28 times in 59 opportunities (47.5%).

The Nuggets are 32-25-2 against the spread this year. Denver has been the underdog on the moneyline 14 total times this season. Denver has finished 7-7 in those games. Nuggets games this season have gone over the total in 28 of 59 opportunities (47.5%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Cavaliers Leaders
Donovan Mitchell 50 27.3 4.1 4.9 1.5 0.4 3.6
Darius Garland 51 21.7 2.7 8 1.3 0.1 2.5
Evan Mobley 59 15.8 8.9 2.7 0.8 1.4 0.2
Jarrett Allen 54 14.7 9.9 1.7 0.8 1.2 0
Caris LeVert 55 11.9 3.9 3.9 0.9 0.2 1.6


Nuggets Leaders
Nikola Jokic 51 24.7 11.5 10.1 1.3 0.7 0.8
Jamal Murray 45 20.2 4.1 5.8 1 0.2 2.4
Michael Porter Jr. 42 16.8 5.4 1 0.7 0.5 2.9
Thomas Bryant 44 11.7 6.5 0.7 0.3 0.5 0.5
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 56 11.4 3 2.4 1.4 0.4 1.9
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Cavaliers: Ricky Rubio: Out (Injury Management)

Nuggets: Jamal Murray: Questionable (Knee), Aaron Gordon: Out (Rib), Zeke Nnaji: Out (Shoulder)

What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers

Because of Cleveland’s offensive struggles this season, ranking fifth-worst in the NBA with 111.8 points per game, it has had to rely on its defense, which ranks best in the league by surrendering 106.1 points per game. The Cavaliers are averaging 113.6 points per game at home. On the road, they are averaging 109.9 points per contest. The Cavaliers have been putting up 114 points per game in their last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly higher than the 111.8 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign.

Cleveland is making 11.4 treys per game (19th-ranked in NBA) this year, while sporting a 36.3% three-point percentage (12th-ranked). Of the shots attempted by the Cavaliers in 2022-23, 62.7% of them have been two-pointers (72.2% of the team’s made baskets) and 37.3% have been from beyond the arc (27.8%).

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What you need to know about the Denver Nuggets

Offensively Denver is the sixth-ranked squad in the league (117.1 points per game). On defense it is 13th (112.7 points allowed per game). The Nuggets score 121.3 points per game at home, and 112.4 on the road. The Nuggets are averaging 120 points per contest in their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 117.1.

Beyond the arc, Denver is 14th in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (12.1). It is best in 3-point percentage at 39.2%. The Nuggets attempt 35.7% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 64.3% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 27.4% of the Nuggets’ baskets are 3-pointers, and 72.6% are 2-pointers.

Our pick to win this contest is the Cavaliers, and we predict that Nuggets will cover the spread (Cavaliers -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 223 points.

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Austin Harper

Austin is a co-founders at Betsperts and a devoted father of 2. Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, Austin is passionate about the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, and Falcons. Austin received his Bachelors of Science from Clemson University and gets back for Clemson football and basketball games every chance he gets!

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