Tonight’s opponent for the Cleveland Cavaliers is the Denver Nuggets, who are playing for their playoff lives as the current 8-seed in the Western Conference.
Barring unforeseen circumstances involving members of the Big Three taking a seat again, the Cleveland Cavaliers should be featured in an entertaining matchup here. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love sat out a much-anticipated game with the Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend and then played big minutes in a narrow win over the lowly Los Angeles Lakers. Luckily, this one in the Mile High City should be all hands on-deck for Bron, Coach Lue and the bunch going against the Nuggets.
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The opponent tonight is one of the up-and-coming squads in the association in Denver. Head coach Mike Malone is doing a phenomenal job of getting his young team to play unselfish basketball, and they are making noise around the league. According to nba.com, the Nuggets are third in the league in scoring with 111.3 points per game.
They are also tied with Toronto for fourth in the NBA in offensive rating with a mark of 109.8 (also according to NBA.com). The main reason for that is they constantly move the basketball, which always makes defenses scramble and mismatches eventually happen. These Nuggets are third in the league in assists with 25.1 per contest; only the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets average more.
Why is Denver so good on the offensive end in today’s game? It’s pretty simple, really. They have a budding star in Nikola Jokic, who has taken a huge step forward in his second NBA season. The Cavs will need to keep him off balance.