Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting prediction

NBA Washington vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction 1/5/2024

The Washington Wizards (6-27) travel to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-15) on Friday, January 5th. This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Cavaliers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wizards are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wizards. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.

Wizards vs Cavaliers

The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Wizards will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Cavaliers with a final score of 140-101. The Wizards turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 67-55.

With a record of 6-27, the Wizards are looking to get a win over the Cavaliers. In the Eastern Conference, the Wizards are in 14th place, while in the Southeast division, they are in 5th place.

Washington’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 15-18 for the season. Washington has struggled to cover the spread in their last two road games and has an ATS record of 11-8 on the road, while it is 4-10 at home.

The Cavaliers Are Coming Off A Win

The Cavaliers picked up a win over the Wizards in their latest game, finishing with a score of 140-101. Cavaliers’ victory in this game wasn’t just a straight-up win; they also covered the spread as -9.5-point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 239.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.

With today’s game vs. the Wizards, the Cavaliers hope to add to their overall record of 19-15. At home, the Cavaliers are 10-8 while going 9-7 on the road.

Cleveland comes in with an overall ATS record of 16-16 so far this season. The Cavaliers have two straight ATS losses as the underdog and are 9-9 vs. the spread as the favorite.

Wizards Offense Breakdown

The Washington offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 11th ranked offense at 116.2 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.5 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Washington is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 103 possessions per game.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

In 34 games games, Cleveland has an average of 113.1 points per game (21st). Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.6 made 3’s per game. If Cleveland continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 21st in the league in possessions per game.

Wizards Team Defense

At this time, the Wizards’ defense is positioned 30th in the NBA, permitting 126.6 points per game. The Washington defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.6% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 50.3% of their field goal attempts vs. Washington.

Cavaliers Team Defense

So far, the Cavaliers’ defense is ranked 9th in the league at 112.1 points per contest. Cleveland’s defense is currently forcing 13.1 turnovers per game, which is 18th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 22nd in blocked shots, with an average of 4.7 rejections per game.

Key Players For The Wizards And Cavaliers

In today’s game, our projections have Kyle Kuzma leading the Wizards with 20 points on 8/17 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 22.8 points per game along with 6.1 boards.

On the opposing side, we anticipate Donovan Mitchell to be the top scorer for the Cavaliers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 28, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 45.5%, and his scoring average is 27.7 points per game.

Wizards vs Cavaliers Trends

  • Washington has a 1-4 record in their last five road games. In this stretch, they averaged 115 points per game while allowing 128. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
  • The Cavaliers are 2-1 ATS in their last three home games and 2-1 straight-up.
  • In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Wizards have a straight up record of 1-4 and an ATS mark of 2-3.
  • Cleveland has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 3-0 SU and 3-0 ATS in their last three games.

Wizards vs Cavaliers Prediction

For a pick on the point-spread in this Cavaliers vs. Wizards matchup, our bet is to grab the Wizards at +10. Even though our projections have the Cavaliers winning 111-110, we see the Wizards as the play on the point-spread.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 240 and given that our model is projecting 221 points between the teams, we like the under.

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