The Denver Nuggets look for their third consecutive victory when visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Denver is second in the Northwest division at 42-28 and 1 ½ games behind the first-place Utah Jazz. Denver defeated the Washington Wizards 120-109 on Wednesday behind 29 points and 13 rebounds by Nikola Jokic. Denver is sixth in the Western Conference standings but only 1 ½ games ahead of second place Minnesota.
Nikola Jokic is leading Denver in scoring, rebounding and assists with averages of 26.0 points, 13.8 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game. Will Barton is the second leading scorer with an average of 14.9 points per game and one of five players for Denver averaging double-figures in scoring. Denver is scoring an average of 111.1 points per game while shooting 47.7% overall and 35.1% from 3-point territory.
Cleveland looks to bounce back from a loss when hosting Denver on Friday. The Cavaliers are third in the Central Division at 39-30 and 4 ½ games behind the first place Milwaukee Bucks. Cleveland was defeated by the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday 118-114. The leading scorer for Cleveland was Darius Garland with 22 points. Cleveland is sixth in the Eastern Conference standings.
Darius Garland is leading Cleveland in scoring and assists with averages of 21.2 points and 8.3 assists per game, while the leading rebounder is Evan Mobley with an average of 8.3 rebounds per game. Mobley is also the second-leading scorer with an average of 15.1 points per game. Cleveland is scoring an average of 106.9 points per game, while the Cavaliers are shooting 46.6% overall and 35.1% from 3-point territory.