The Denver Nuggets will be playing the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday night.
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With the NBA’s regular season now in full swing after Thursday’s All-Star Game, the Denver Nuggets have a chance to clinch the Western Conference’s top seed for the first time in their history.
There are still 23 games left in the season, but Denver already has a five-game lead in the West (four-game loss advantage). The Cleveland Cavaliers are the team they’ll be facing on Thursday, October 4 for the first of those 23 games.
There is a good likelihood that Nikola Jokic will win his third consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player award, and the Nuggets will make it to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
If his current pace continues, Jokic would become just the third player in NBA history to average a triple-double (24.7 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 10.1 assists).
If he were to win all three, he’d also be the first player to do it since Larry Bird (1984–1986).
Jokic has a laser-like focus on victory, and with Jamal Murray back in the lineup after missing the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, Denver is ready to make a deep run.
After missing the last six games with right knee inflammation, Murray should be ready to return, but Aaron Gordon (left rib contusion) will likely miss his fourth straight.
Though they have their detractors, the Nuggets are confidence in their system after adding Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown, and most recently Reggie Jackson to play behind Murray.
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On February 15, after Cleveland had won seven straight games, they lost by six points against Philadelphia to close up the first half of the season.
Mitchell has Cleveland on the edge of securing homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs despite not having LeBron James on the team since 1997-98.
When the season began, many doubted the Cavs would even make the playoffs. The team’s.806 home winning percentage is good for second in the Eastern Conference.
The team’s leading scorer, Donovan Mitchell, has been on fire recently, averaging 33.3 points per game in his last four contests.
Although Mitchell sat out the Nuggets’ 121-108 victory in Denver on January 6, he will be available for the rematch against a squad he was familiar with when playing for the Utah Jazz.
With Mitchell at the helm, the Cavaliers are fourth in the Eastern Conference and in hot pursuit of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Central Division.
Mitchell joined the Cavs this season after spending the previous five years with the Jazz.
NBA Regular Season Schedule
|Thursday, February 23, 2023|
|AWAY||HOME||TIME / TV|
|New Orleans||Toronto||7:30 PM|
|Memphis||Philadelphia||7:30 pm TNT|
|San Antonio||Dallas||8:30 PM|
|Oklahoma City||Utah||9:00 PM|
|Golden St.||L.A. Lakers||10:00 pm TNT|