Dec 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) dribbles the ball around Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) in the second quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
At Denver (12.29)
Closing out 2015, the Cavaliers will travel to the Mile High City to play a team, that much like the Suns, feature some young, exciting players, but not much depth.
Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay has under-performed slightly in his limited NBA career, but has still managed to average just over 10 points and five assists per game. Mudiay will be joined by Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, and Danilo Gallinari. This game will mark the second-back-to-back of the Cavs’ west-coast trip. But since Cleveland won’t play again until Jan. 2 Cleveland will probably be full strength for this one.
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Playing in Denver presents challenges with the altitude and the Nuggets will be looking to give the Cavaliers their best shot in the only they will see them in their building this season. This one figures to be closer than perhaps anticipated.
Prediction: Cavaliers 103, Nuggets 92
The New Year won’t provide much of a reprieve for the Cavaliers, either, as the Cavaliers have another significant road trip test in January. The Mavericks, Rockets, and Spurs will host the Cavs in Texas, while another showdown with the Warriors looms.
The Cavaliers play a stretch of 14 games in December and January where they only play three games in the confines of “The Q.” The Cavaliers have been very good at home so far this season, and this upcoming stretch will be their opportunity to develop some momentum on the road, something that will prove integral in their pursuit of a championship.