Betting on today’s Wizards and Cavaliers game? Catch the action at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH, as the Cavaliers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on BSOH. The over/under for this Eastern conference contest is set at 239.5 points, with the Cavaliers being the favored team playing at home against the Wizards.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Wizards +9.5
This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-110 in favor of the Wizards.
- Our projections have Kyle Kuzma finishing with Kyle Kuzma points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
- From the field, we have the Wizards finishing with a field goal percentage of 46.2% and knocking down 15 threes.
Is A Road Victory Likely for Underdog Washington?
The Washington Wizards head to Cleveland on a six-game losing streak and just 14th in the Eastern Conference. Overall, the Wizards are 6-26 this season.
When looking at the standings, it’s clear that most of Washington’s struggles have come on the road. So far, they are just 3-15 in road games. When playing away from home, the Wizards are the underdogs both straight up and against the spread vs. Cleveland.
Out of their 32 games, the Wizards have been the underdog 31 times this season. On average, they are losing by 9.5 points per game as the underdog, and their overall ATS record as the underdog is 15-16.
The average over/under line in Washington’s games is currently 241.3 points, and their over/under record for the season is 18-14. Today’s line of 239.5 points is slightly lower than their average over/under line. In their previous games with lower over/under lines, their OU record is 7-6.
In their last game, Washington scored 126 points vs. the Hawks and shot 46.9% from the field. From the free-throw line, they went 17/21. On the season, the Wizards are shooting 48% from the field, which ranks 9th in the country. In terms of three-pointers, they are 20th in percentage and 15th in three-pointers made.
On defense, the Wizards come into the game ranked 30th in the league in points allowed at 126.2 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 122 points per contest (11th). In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Wizards defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 57.6% while allowing 37.2% from downtown.
Can the Cavaliers Lock in a Home Win?
As the Cavaliers get ready to host the Wizards, they will be looking to snap a couple of streaks. Cleveland has dropped two straight games and have failed to cover the spread in each of their last two games (both at home).
Cleveland comes into today’s game sitting 7th in the Eastern Conference standings. So far, they have an overall record of 18-15 and have gone 9-8 at home this season.
Against the spread, the Cavaliers are 15-16, but they have each of the last five games as the favorite. For the season, they have been favored in 18 of their 33 games. The average scoring differential as the favorite is +2.7 points per game, and they have a record of 12-6 vs. the spread when favored.
When playing at home, the Cavaliers have an average scoring margin of -1.1 points per game and have gone 7-10 ATS at home. The team’s over/under record coming in is 17-16, and the over has gone 2-0 in their last two games.
The Cavaliers offense put up 121 points against the Raptors in their most recent game. They shot 48.3% from the field and hit 12 three-pointers. In terms of pace, Cleveland is one of the slower teams in the NBA at 98.2 possessions per game. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are 12th in attempts and 25th in three-point percentage.
Coming into the game, the Cavaliers’ defense has finished two straight games with an increased number of points allowed. Overall, they are 11th in the league at 112.4 points per game allowed. In their previous game, the Cavaliers’ defense struggled against the Raptors, giving up 124 points on a field goal percentage of 48%.