Through 2 Quarters
Down two at the end of last quarter, the Denver Nuggets have now snagged the lead. They are in control with a 63-52 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Denver has been relying on center Nikola Jokic, who has 12 points and six assists in addition to five rebounds, and point guard Nah’Shon Hyland, who has 13 points and four assists along with three steals and two boards. A double-double would be Jokic’s 24th in a row. One thing to keep an eye out for is Aaron Gordon’s foul situation as he currently sits at three.
Cleveland has been led by small forward Lauri Markkanen, who so far has 18 points along with eight rebounds and two steals.
Denver @ Cleveland
Current Records: Denver 42-28; Cleveland 39-30
What to Know
The Denver Nuggets are staying on the road Friday to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. ET March 18 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Nuggets will be strutting in after a victory while Cleveland will be stumbling in from a defeat.
Denver strolled past the Washington Wizards with points to spare on Wednesday, taking the contest 127-109. Denver’s center Nikola Jokic did his thing and almost dropped a triple-double on 29 points, 13 boards, and eight assists. That makes it 19 consecutive games in which Jokic has had at least ten rebounds.
Meanwhile, it was a hard-fought game, but Cleveland had to settle for a 118-114 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. A silver lining for Cleveland was the play of point guard Darius Garland, who had 22 points and seven assists in addition to five rebounds.
The Nuggets are expected to win this handily, but they should have beaten the Oklahoma City Thunder March 2 easily too and instead slipped up with a 119-107. In other words, don’t count the Cavaliers out just yet.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — Cleveland, Ohio
- TV: Altitude Sports & Entertainmnt
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $22.80
The Nuggets are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 2.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Cleveland have won seven out of their last 13 games against Denver.
- Oct 25, 2021 – Cleveland 99 vs. Denver 87
- Feb 19, 2021 – Denver 120 vs. Cleveland 103
- Feb 10, 2021 – Denver 133 vs. Cleveland 95
- Mar 07, 2020 – Cleveland 104 vs. Denver 102
- Jan 11, 2020 – Cleveland 111 vs. Denver 103
- Jan 19, 2019 – Denver 124 vs. Cleveland 102
- Nov 01, 2018 – Denver 110 vs. Cleveland 91
- Mar 07, 2018 – Cleveland 113 vs. Denver 108
- Mar 03, 2018 – Denver 126 vs. Cleveland 117
- Mar 22, 2017 – Denver 126 vs. Cleveland 113
- Feb 11, 2017 – Cleveland 125 vs. Denver 109
- Mar 21, 2016 – Cleveland 124 vs. Denver 91
- Dec 29, 2015 – Cleveland 93 vs. Denver 87
Injury Report for Cleveland
- Rajon Rondo: Out (Ankle)
- Dean Wade: Out (Knee)
- Jarrett Allen: Out (Finger)
- Collin Sexton: Out for the Season (Knee)
Injury Report for Denver
- Zeke Nnaji: Out (Knee)
- Michael Porter Jr.: Out (Back)
- Jamal Murray: Out (Knee)
- Vlatko Cancar: Out (Foot)
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