The Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32), who are currently riding a five-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they welcome the Washington Wizards (14-29) to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Cleveland is a 1-point favorite on the opening line, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 232 points. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 23, 2020.
Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview
In the Wizards’ last matchup, they were beaten by the Miami Heat, 134-129, despite being 1-point favorites. With 38 points on 16-for-24 shooting, Bradley Beal was the top scorer from either team. Miami did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (31-36; 86.1 percent). Washington, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (9.3 vs. 13.7). The two teams combined to score 263 points, which was well over the O/U total of 232.5.
The Cavaliers failed to cover as 1.5-point underdogs in their 106-86 loss to the New York Knicks in their last matchup. With 13 points and 22 rebounds, Tristan Thompson had a good outing for Cleveland. New York did an excellent job of making free throws (15-17; 88.2 percent). Cleveland, on the other hand, held the Knicks to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.9 (below their season average of 24.7). Combined, the two squads scored 192 points, which was well under the O/U total of 222.5.
These two clubs have already met once this season. The two teams combined for 213 points in that game, which was well under the projected point total of 233. The Cavaliers won 113-100, covering as 5-point underdogs. The Cavaliers played a nearly perfect game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.278 and a turnover percentage of 10.5. For those same stats, the Wizards were 0.031 and 15.4, respectively. Thompson recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Of Washington’s 42 games with betting action, 23 have finished over the projected point total, while 23 of Cleveland’s 44 games have finished over the projected point total. The Wizards come into this game with much better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 14-29 SU and 21-21 ATS, while the Cavaliers are 12-32 SU and 19-23-2 ATS.
It could be a mistake-prone game for the Cleveland offense. Cleveland ranks 30th in the league in ball protection (turnover percentage of 15.5 percent), while the pesky defense of Washington forces the eighth-most turnovers in the league (14.4 percent).
Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction
Free NBA Pick: SU Winner – Wizards, ATS Winner – Wizards, O/U – Over
The Wizards rank 11th in steals allowed per game (7.4) while the Cavaliers rank 26th (8.9).
Washington ranks 19th in blocks allowed per game (5.4) while Cleveland ranks last (6.6).
Washington ranks 11th in fast break points allowed per game (12.6) while Cleveland ranks 25th (15.4).
Washington is 11-11 ATS on the road with 13 overs and 9 unders.
At home, Cleveland is 8-12-1 ATS with 11 unders and 10 overs.
When holding opponents under 100 points, Washington is 3-0 and Cleveland is 4-3.
In games where they reach the century mark, the Cavaliers are 11-20 and the Wizards are 12-28.
The Wizards average 47.3 points in the paint per game, which ranks 17th in the NBA. The Cavaliers rank last in points allowed in the paint per game (54.1).
Washington averages 18.2 points off turnovers per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. Cleveland ranks last in points off turnovers allowed per game (20.1).
The Wizards rank eighth in assists per game (25.6) while the Cavaliers rank 29th in assists allowed per game (25.8).
The Cavaliers rank 20th in rebounds per game (44.3) while the Wizards rank 29th (42.4).
Cleveland ranks 11th in second chance points per game (13.5) while Washington ranks 27th in second chance points allowed per game (14.4).
Cleveland is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Washington is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Cavaliers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 16.0, up from 9.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wizards have scored an average of 113.6 points per game (1.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 123.2 points per game (3.1 above their season average).