Cavs vs. Nuggets best bet today (Value on the OVER/UNDER)

Jan 4, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell (45) reacts after his three-point basket in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 4, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell (45) reacts after his three-point basket in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cavaliers and Nuggets meet in a potential NBA Finals preview on Friday night in Denver.

Nikola Jokic is making a run at a third straight MVP nod, leading the Nuggets to the best record in the Western Conference so far, but they have a stiff test on Friday with the Cavs in town, riding high after Donovan Mitchell’s 71-point outing on Monday.

Before we get to a full betting preview, make sure to take advantage of this insane promo from BetMGM:

BetMGM Cavaliers Offer

New BetMGM users in Cleveland: win $200 on a $10 bet when one three-pointer is made in this game by following these instructions.

  1. Sign up for BetMGM using this link
  2. Deposit $10 or more in your account
  3. Bet $10 or more on any Cavaliers-Nuggets wager

And, you’re done! As soon as one three is made in this game, you get $200 in free bets! Considering Mitchell hit four three’s in his 71-point outing and the Nuggets hit 14 when they beat the Clippers by 31 on Thursday night, this is as close to a lock as anything out there.

Now, let’s get to our best bet:

Cavaliers vs. Nuggets odds, spread and total

Cavaliers vs. Nuggets prediction and pick

While the Nuggets shut down the Clippers’ offense on Thursday en route to a blowout victory, I’m concerned about their ability to hold that up in their second game in as many nights. On the season, the Nuggets are 22nd in defensive rating and, prior to that shut down effort, allowed 110 or more points in five of their last six games.

The Cavs may have a strong defense, but they have taken a step back of late; 24th in defensive rating over the last two weeks, which is a problem against the league’s second-best offense this season with Jokic operating at a high level.

I’m expecting points in this Friday night showdown, so I’ll play the over as my favorite bet after I take advantage of the BetMGM three-point promo above.

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