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NBA Picks: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Denver Nuggets

by Alexander Banks on Monday, November 12th, 2007

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Denver to take on Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets on Monday.  This is the eighth time that James and Anthony have played against each other in the NBA and it has usually been the Nuggets that win.  James is currently fourth in the league in scoring at 26.6 points per game while Anthony is fifth at 26.3 points per game.  The Nuggets are 6-2 against the Cavaliers with Anthony matching up against James. James has averaged 22 points and 7.4 rebounds in the eight meetings while Anthony has averaged 19.3 points and 3 rebounds in the meetings although he missed one of the eight games due to suspension. Cleveland lost both games against Denver last season and neither was close.
SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Nuggets at Home.

NBA Betting Preview
Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3) at Denver Nuggets (4-3)
Monday, 9:05 pm Eastern – NBA-TV

SBG Global Opening Line: Nuggets  -6 , Total 205.5

Denver went 2-2 on their four game road trip and Anthony had 32 points in each of the Nuggets' last two games. Allen Iverson added 27 points and 10 assists in Saturday’s comeback win over Indiana.  The Nuggets are fifth in the league at 106.1 points per game and have scored above 110 in three of their last four games. 

Cleveland has won two straight for the first time this season. They got 22 points from James and beat the Clippers last night 103-95. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 25 points and Drew Gooden added 18 points and 17 rebounds. "This is the best offensively we've played in three years at this point early in the season," James said. "It's exciting."

SBG Global Current Line: Nuggets  -7.5 , Total 206.5 

Here are the NBA betting stats for Monday’s game. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Northwest. The Cavaliers are 21-6 ATS in their last 27 games as a road underdog. The Cavaliers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on no rest. 

The Nuggets are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 vs. the Central. The Nuggets are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. the Eastern Conference. The Nuggets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 day of rest. 

The Over is 7-1 in the Cavaliers last 8 games playing on no rest. The Under is 11-5 in the Cavaliers last 16 games as an underdog. The Over is 8-3 in the Nuggets last 11 games as a favorite. The Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Denver between the two teams. 

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