Nuggets vs Cavaliers Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, January 6, 2023

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The Denver Nuggets (25-13) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (25-14) on January 6, 2023 at Ball Arena, where the Nuggets are favored, by five points in a matchup featuring one of the strongest offensive squads in the league (the Nuggets) versus one of the best defensive teams (the Cavaliers). The matchup has a 221.5 point total.

How to bet Nuggets vs. Cavaliers

Denver Nuggets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Nuggets as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Nuggets have -217 odds to pick up the win, while the Cavaliers are listed at +180 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 221.5 points.

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Nuggets vs. Cavaliers Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, January 6, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ALT
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • Arena: Ball Arena

Nuggets vs. Cavaliers Betting Trends

In the Nuggets’ 38 games this season, they have 19 wins against the spread. Denver has been victorious in 20, or 69%, of the 29 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. Nuggets games this year have gone over the point total 48.7% of the time (19 out of 39 games with a set point total).

The Cavaliers have played 39 games, with 20 wins against the spread. Cleveland has compiled a 3-5 record in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 37.5% of those games). Cavaliers games this season have gone over the total in 18 of 39 opportunities (46.2%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Nuggets Leaders
Nikola Jokic 35 25.2 10.7 9.5 1.4 0.6 0.8
Jamal Murray 31 18 3.8 5.5 0.9 0.2 2
Aaron Gordon 33 17 6.9 2.4 0.9 0.8 0.9
Michael Porter Jr. 24 16.4 5.8 1.3 0.6 0.5 2.8
Nah’Shon Hyland 30 13.5 2.3 3.3 0.6 0.3 2.5


Cavaliers Leaders
Darius Garland 30 21.4 2.6 7.8 1.3 0.2 2.5
Evan Mobley 37 14.4 8.9 2.7 0.8 1.2 0.2
Jarrett Allen 32 13.6 10.1 1.4 0.8 1.2 0
Caris LeVert 35 12.3 4.2 3.7 0.8 0.2 1.6
Cedi Osman 37 9.9 2.7 1.6 0.5 0.1 1.5
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Nuggets: Peyton Watson: Out (Adductor), Jeff Green: Out (Hand), Collin Gillespie: Out (Lower Leg)

Cavaliers: Evan Mobley: Probable (Ankle), Darius Garland: Out (Thumb), Dylan Windler: Out (Ankle), Dean Wade: Out (Shoulder), Ricky Rubio: Out (Knee)

What you need to know about the Denver Nuggets

Denver is scoring 116.6 points per game (sixth-ranked in NBA) this year, while surrendering 113.9 points per contest (16th-ranked). The Nuggets are scoring 119.3 points per game at home. When playing on the road, they are averaging 114.2 points per contest. The Nuggets have seen an uptick in scoring recently, putting up 119.1 points per game in their last 10 contests, 2.5 points more than the 116.6 they’ve scored this year.

With a 39.8% three-point percentage this season, Denver ranks best in the NBA. It ranks 14th in the league by making 12 threes per contest. This season, the Nuggets have taken 65% two-pointers, accounting for 72.6% of the team’s buckets. They have shot 35% three-pointers (27.4% of the team’s baskets).

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What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland is 24th in the league in points scored (111.6 per game) and best in points conceded (106.4). The Cavaliers are scoring more points at home (113.9 per game) than on the road (108.5). Over their last 10 games, the Cavaliers are putting up 114.2 points per game, 2.6 more than their season average (111.6).

Beyond the arc, Cleveland is 17th in the league in 3-pointers made per game (11.7). It is 13th in 3-point percentage at 36.5%. The Cavaliers take 37.9% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 62.1% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 28.8% of the Cavaliers’ baskets are 3-pointers, and 71.2% are 2-pointers.

Nuggets vs. Cavaliers Predictions and Pick

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Luis Escalante

Luis has been a regular contributor to 4for4 since 2014 and is currently the Director of Strategy at Betsperts Group. Luis comes from an analytics background, leveraging his data skills with multiple years of experience in NFL, fantasy football, daily fantasy sports, and betting.

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