NBA Futures: Cleveland Cavaliers & Denver Nuggets Both Focused On Their Health But With Different Results

LeBron Brings's Cavaliers court

Charles Stark

Friday, October 14, 2016 3:10 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 3:10 PM UTC

For today's NBA win totals we take a look at the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets. While the Cavs have their strong core of players back the Nuggets are trying to build themselves into a contender.  How will these two organizations fare this season?



Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers won 57 games last year on their way to beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA championship. It seems to me oddsmakers didn't know what to do with Cleveland as far as this line is concerned but in all honesty, I don't blame them. They didn't really make any moves in the off-season and essentially just have everybody back from last year's championship squad so 57 wins do seem feasible again. This makes them, along with other really good teams like Golden State, very difficult to predict. They have the talent and I would say even the depth to go ahead and win 60 games but the question is will they? Because defending a championship is always extremely difficult I look for the Cavaliers to play things a little bit closer to the vest and use a San Antonio type of strategy to get guys more rest, even if that means sacrificing some games. For me, I believe the safer play is going on the under because I also believe this team has enough veterans that the confidence is there that they can win on the road if they need to in the playoffs. For them getting to the playoffs at full health will be the focus.


Free NBA Pick: Under 56.5Best Line Offered: at Paddy Power



Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets won 33 games last year but seem to be coming into the season much healthier. It'll be nice that they have an underrated Danilo Gallinari at full health for a full season but will their surrounding personnel step up? I like head coach Michael Malone and he does have a decent core of players and a lot will be expected of Emmanuel Mudiay to improve at the point. The problem of course for this squad is that they play in the Western Conference but when you look up and down the lineup, this is a team that should be able to compete even against some of the better teams, especially at home. This is another tough pick considering Denver didn't really make any moves in the off-season, so the lines across the board did not move either, but because they return pretty much the same lineup it is hard not to think that they can win at least two more games than last season. I've been talking a lot about X factor's recently when making these NBA picks and for the Nuggets it falls on head coach Mike Malone who should have things clicking better this season.


Free NBA Pick: Over 35.5Best Line Offered: at Ladbrokes


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