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(11-43) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards (22-32)
Date: Friday February 8th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Wizards -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 220
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The Washington Wizards could be a bit shorthanded on Friday as they wait on the acquisitions of Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker from Chicago. Otto Porter, Jr. is off to the Bulls in exchange but the Wizards should still have enough firepower to take down Cleveland.
The Cavs didn’t sell off too many assets outside of Alec Burks ahead of the tradeline. Cleveland had no intention of getting better – or worse – until the offseason. The Cavs did win two in a row over the last week-plus however, one of which came against this Washington squad. Can the Cavs pull off the win as ‘only’ +10 road underdogs?
Cleveland will be without Burks Friday as he heads to Sacramento. The guard had been finding his stroke lately, scoring in double digits in 5 of 6 including 21 vs. Boston on Tuesday.
It’s going to be hard for Cleveland to find any secondary scoring outside of Collin Sexton moving forward with the rest of the season and he just posted his first 20+ point game since December 8th on Tuesday. Cleveland has been held under 105 points in 8 of the last 9.
One thing that gives even the Cavs offense hopes of a big night on Friday is Washington’s defense. The Wizards have allowed 130+ points to opponents in 4 of 6. The Wizards are 28th defensively in opponents field goal percentage and 30th in three point shooting percent against.
Cleveland is just 2-8 over their last 10 but they did score back-to-back wins on January 27th and 29th vs. Chicago and these Wizards. The Cavs had one of their better shooting nights of the season in that win over Washington, shooting 53.6% from the field.
Cedi Osman and Jordan Clarkson combined for 54 points in the win over Washington. It was actually the second win in a row Clevleand had over the Wizards after a 116-101 win on December 8th. The Wizards do have a 119-95 win when the teams played in Washington back in November however.
Is getting back home what the Wizards need to avenge any demons they may have against the Cavaliers? Washington is 15-11 at Capital One Arena but more importantly the Cavs are just 5-22 on the road. The Wizards have gone 8-3 ATS their last 11 home games but once again Cleveland is 4-1 ATS the last five in D.C.
One advantage that the Wizards have is they have by far the best player in this game as Bradley Beal survived any trade deadline movement rumors. Beal has scored at least 24 points in five straight games and can keep the Wizards offense afloat if their defense struggles again.
Friday’s O/U is 220, not just because the Wizards defense is a sieve right now but because their offense is way more than just Beal. Thomas Bryant is coming off a 26 point 14 rebound night vs. Milwaukee and Tomas Satoransky has been close to a triple-double the last two games.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 6-4 ATS in their last10
- Celtics are 8.2 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
It’s hard to know if Washington is really 10 points better than Cleveland in this one mostly due to how bad the Wizards defense has been lately. The Cavs have won two straight in the head-to-head series but when you look at their roster there’s just not a whole lot to be impressed by there.
The Wizards are fading fast in the Eastern Conference postseason race, sitting 4GB from Miami for the 8th spot after a 3-game losing streak. If they want to stay in the hunt, games like Fridays are a must win – and by a lot.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Wizards -10.5
Washington moves forward after the trade deadline with a fresh outlook and an improved defense.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 100 – Wizards 119
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