The Wizards and Cavaliers are set to face off at 7:30 ET on BSOH. The Cavaliers will host the game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH. The odds for this Eastern conference game currently have the Cavaliers as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 240 points.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Wizards +10
This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 7:30 ET on Friday, January 5th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 111-110 in favor of the Cavaliers.
- Our projections have Donovan Mitchell finishing with Donovan Mitchell points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Cavaliers finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.4% and knocking down 13 threes.
Is a Road Win Possible for the Wizards?
As the Wizards get ready to take on the Cavaliers, they are 10-point underdogs. So far, Washington has an overall record of 6-27, which has them 14th in the Eastern Conference.
When playing on the road, the Wizards have really struggled this season, going just 3-16 for the second-worst road record in the East. Washington will also be looking to snap their two-game losing streak.
Against the spread, the Wizards have covered in 11 of their 29 road games, but they do have two straight ATS losses on the road. This season, 32 of their 38 games have seen them listed as the underdog.
The average scoring line in their games is 242.8 points per contest, and their over/under record for the season is 19-14. The over has hit in each of their last two games coming into today’s matchup.
When compared to their season average, the Wizards did not perform well. They only scored 101 points against the Cavaliers and shot 41.6% from the field. Kyle Kuzma is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 22.8 PPG. Jordan Poole is also averaging 16.9 PPG.
Currently, the Wizards’ defense holds the 30th rank in the NBA, allowing 126.6 points per game. In the terms of takeaways, Wizards are causing 13.2 turnovers per game, ranking 19th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 15th in rejections, averaging 5.2 blocked shots each game.
Do the Cavaliers Stand a Chance at Home?
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Wizards as the 10-point favorites. Before we get into their overall stats, it is important to note that the Cavs have an over/under record of 18-16 for the season, and the over has hit in two straight games. Today’s over/under line of 240 is slightly higher than their average over/under line of 224.2.
Cleveland comes into today’s game with an overall record of 19-15, which has them 7th in the Eastern Conference. Against other teams in the East, the Cavs are 12-9 compared to 7-6 in non-conference games.
When playing at home, Cleveland has put together an average scoring margin of +1.1 points per contest with a record of 10-8. Their ATS record at home is currently below .500 at 8-10.
Against the spread, the Cavaliers have been the favorite in 19 of their 32 games and have gone 13-6. Their straight-up win over the Wizards in their last game was also paired with a cover. The Cavs won by a score of 140-101 as 9.5-point favorites.
In their most recent game, the Cavaliers put up 140 points on the Wizards. They shot 53.5% from the field and knocked down 20 three-pointers. Leading the way in scoring for the Cavaliers was Max Strus with 24 points. Donovan Mitchell also added 22 points.
Currently, the Cavaliers’ defense holds the 9th rank in the NBA, allowing 112.1 points per game. The Cavaliers defense is coming off a game in which they held the Wizards offense to just 53.5% shooting. Overall, they gave up 101 points to Washington.