The Cavaliers road trip continues tonight in Denver. Here’s our preview.
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers (46-23) at Denver Nuggets (33-36)
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Pepsi Center - Denver, Colorado
Where to watch: Fox Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass
What to watch for
The Cavs come into Denver as winners of three of their last four games, and that one loss came when LeBron, Kyrie and Kevin Love all sat out. It’s unclear as of right now if the “Big Three” will suit up for this one.
Denver has lost two straight. Though, the two losses came at the hands of the Rockets by a combined five points. The Nuggets are currently clinging to the eighth spot in the West, so it’s reasonable to say that this game means more to them than it does to Cleveland.
Per Joe Vardon, Kyle Korver participated fully in Tuesday’s practice, and his status for the matchup with the Nuggets will be updated Wednesday morning.
The Cavaliers will certainly have forward Tristan Thompson available against the Nuggets. He missed practice Tuesday for some additional dental work to take care of some damage from the elbow he received from Julius Randle in Sunday’s 125-120 win over the Lakers. For those of you counting at home, this will be Thompson’s 440th straight game.
Fear the Sword’s Fearless Prediction
One thing to watch for in this one is how the Cavaliers play defensively. They’re coming off a game in which they allowed the Lakers, who are 18th in the league in points per game, score 120 points. They also allowed DeAngelo Russell to put up a career-high 40 points.
Cleveland will have another defensive challenge in this one, as Denver scores the third most points per game (111 ppg). The Cavs will have to tighten up at the defensive end. Fortunately for the Cavs, Denver also gives up 111 points per game.
This one should be high scoring, and the Cavs will score more than Denver. Cleveland takes this one 116-107.