Thursday, February 18, 2010

TNT Spread Vegas: Nuggets vs. Cavs; ESPN Loyola Marymount vs. Gonzaga

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to stay hot when they play host to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night at 8pm ET at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavs have improved their straight-up record to 43-11 this season on the strength of a 13-game winning streak they built prior to the All-Star break. Cleveland is a slightly profitable 27-25-2 against the spread, although just 12-15 at home vs. the NBA odds.

James poured in 32 points and added 13 assists as Cleveland powered past the Orlando Magic 115-106 last time out.

Denver sits atop the Northwest Division at 35-18 straight up, but has posted a 24-26-3 record against the spread including 10-13-2 on the road.

Last time out the Nuggets were buried 111-92 at the hands of the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Nene led Denver with 20 points while Carmelo Anthony contributed 19 in the losing effort.

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The Loyola Marymount Lions couldn't beat San Francisco last time out. On Thursday they'll get an even tougher game against No. 13 Gonzaga.

The Bulldogs (21-4 overall, 11-9-2 vs. the college basketball odds) trounced San Diego 82-65 in their last contest, getting 19 points from Steven Gray.

Gonzaga is 9-1 against West Coast conference opponents this season.

The Lions fell 75-66 to San Francisco last time out, and they enter Thursday's matchup at 13-13 overall and 12-10 against the spread.

Vernon Teel poured in 28 points in Loyola Marymount's loss to the Dons.

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