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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets, Game 8 preview and listings

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cavaliers (1-6) will wrap up their three-game homestand against the Denver Nuggets (6-1) on Thursday night. 

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: FoxSports Ohio 

Radio: WTAM 1100 AM; WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FM.

Online: FoxSports Go apps

Last meeting: The Cavs beat the Nuggets 113-108 on March 7, 2018. 

Cavs minute: The Cavs snapped their six-game losing skid with their first win on Tuesday night, crushing the Hawks 136-114. … The Cavs shot a season-high 52 percent from 3-point range in the win. … Cleveland tallied 78 points in the second half (41 in third quarter), their most in a single half since Nov. 23, 2016 versus Portland. … The Cavs’ reserves have scored at least 50 points in three straight games. … Rodney Hood is coming off his best game with the Wine and Gold, pouring in 26 points. Hood has scored double figures in all seven games this season. … Rookie Collin Sexton has reached double-digits in points in each of the last four games, averaging 14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 25.0 minutes over that stretch. … Cleveland is 7-3 over the last 10 games against Denver, scoring at least 110 points in seven of those contests. … The two teams split the season series last year — each one winning on the other’s home floor. … Kevin Love will miss his fourth straight game with a toe injury. Love will be out for “weeks” and hasn’t determined yet if he will need surgery. He is the Cavaliers’ leader in points and assists. 

Nuggets minute: Nikola Jokic leads the Nuggets in points, assists and rebounds. The versatile center has recorded a double-double in six straight games. … Gary Harris has scored at least 18 points in five of the seven games this season. … Paul Millsap scored 19 points and made the game-winning shot on Wednesday night against the Bulls. … Nuggets assistant coach Jordi Fernandez spent three seasons (2010-13) as the Cavaliers assistant player development coach. He also spent one season (2013-14) as an assistant coach and two seasons (2014-16) as a head coach of Cleveland’s G-League team the Canton Charge. … After finishing the 2017-18 campaign near the bottom of the league in defense, the Nuggets have become one of the league’s stingiest groups, as they held their first three opponents under the 100-point mark. … They entered Wednesday night ranked third in defensive efficiency. … Denver is just one of three teams to increase their win total in each of the last three seasons (Minnesota and Boston).

Probable starters:


F Sam Dekker

F Cedi Osman

C Tristan Thompson

G Rodney Hood

G George Hill


F Paul Millsap

F Torrey Craig

C Nikola Jokic

G Gary Harris

G Jamal Murray

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