Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers Game 5 Pick
- Updated: April 30, 2008
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Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers (Cavs lead 3-1)
Wednesday, 6:05 pm Eastern – TNT
SBG Global Opening Line: Cavaliers – 4.5, Total 192
The Cleveland Cavaliers will try and put away the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night and end the war of words. For some reason the Wizards have talked a lot of trash in the series but all it has done is motivate LeBron James to play even better. James has averaged 29.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the series. SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Cavaliers at Home.
James knows Wednesday’s game won’t be easy but he is confident. “I just have confidence in our team,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the Wizards. They’re a very good team, but they’ve got to beat us three straight games and I can’t see that happening.” The Wizards would do a lot better to keep their mouths shut and play basketball rather than antagonize one of the best players in the NBA. “I’ve never seen a series like this where you have music involved, you have trash talk involved, everything,” said Cavaliers forward Joe Smith, “I guess that’s the way the sport has grown and when you have a rivalry like this, there’s no telling what you might find.” At least one player on the Wizards is tired of his teammates running their mouth. Antawn Jamison has had enough. “All this talking throughout the media, about this and that, is really beneath me,” he said. “And I’m kind of disappointed that my team has kind of bought into it. But it’s just about going out there and playing the game. They’ve been doing that, they’re up 3-1, so they can say what they want to say.”
SBG Global Current Line: Cavaliers – 4.5, Total 192
Here are the NBA betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Wizards are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games. The Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wizards are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Wizards are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as an underdog. The Wizards are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.
The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. The favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the two teams.
The Under is 4-1 in the Wizards last 5 games as a road underdog. The Over is 23-9 in the Wizards last 32 vs. the Eastern Conference.
The Under is 5-1 in the Cavaliers last 6 games as a favorite. The Under is 8-2 in the Cavaliers last 10 overall. The Under is 16-5 in the Cavaliers last 21 home games. The Under is 15-7 in the last 22 meetings in Cleveland between the two teams.
Pick: Take the Cavs at home to end it! 4units
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