NBA Basketball Betting: Denver Nuggets at Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Basketball Betting:  Denver Nuggets at Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA betting action for Monday night as the Denver Nuggets head east to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. While the Cavs don’t quite look like a NBA championship level team yet they have strung together a nice four game winning streak. This puts them at 5-3 and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference but just 2 games out of first. Then again, they haven’t exactly been playing the cream of the crop–the four game streak came against Denver, Atlanta, Boston and New Orleans.

Denver is a mess at the moment. They’re 2-7 on the year which puts them near the bottom of the Western Conference. They won their opening night game against Detroit and then lost six straight both straight up and against the spread. They broke the streak with a win at Indiana and lost their next game at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. So far, the Nuggets haven’t covered a game they didn’t win giving them a 2-7 SU/ATS mark.

Cleveland is obviously the better team. LeBron James is expected to play tonight (he’s suffering from a cold) but Denver has a ton of injuries making them even less competitive. Not really enough pointspread data in the young season to be useful. Denver has been equally bad at home as on the road while Cleveland has won and covered two of their three home games.

There is one major concern for Cleveland–they’ve got a big game against defending NBA champions San Antonio on deck Wednesday night. While LeBron et. al. will say it’s ‘just another game’ no one believes them. The championship implications notwithstanding, it’s an important ‘measuring stick’ for a Cavaliers team that hasn’t really stepped up in class yet this year.

So we’ve got a potentially distracted Cavs team, LeBron James not at 100% due to a cold, a huge game on deck and an opponent that couldn’t inspire anyone. The Cavs are going to be overvalued all year due to the ‘LeBron factor’. Cleveland has covered only 1 of 4 games against opponents with a losing record this year and this is a tendency you might very well see continue throughout the season. We’ll take the ‘ugly dog’.