Cleveland Cavaliers (1-11) vs Washington Wizards (4-9)Date : 11/14/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards
The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, to face the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm EST. The Cavaliers enter the game losers of five straight games to where their last defeat came at the hands of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 10th by a 99-98 score. In this matchup, a 37-point first quarter drubbing due to defensive mishaps by the Cavs, allowed the Bulls to go up early. And despite a rally by the Cavaliers in the end, the Bulls were able to sneak out a close yet much needed win.
The Wizards picked up their second straight win with a 117-109 victory over the Orlando Magic at home as they avenged a loss to the Magic just three days prior as John Wall (25 points) along with Bradley Beal (21 points) led the way on the offensive end. Dwight Howard chipped in 17 points along with 8 rebounds in the win as Washington shot 51% for the night while still allowing the Magic to shoot 48%. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Washington. The over is 5-2 in the last seven games in Washington.
Cleveland Cavaliers's Latest Performance :
The Cavaliers continue to lose games under acting coach Larry Drew. Their last loss came at the hands of the Chicago Bulls on Saturday bight as they were edged by one point by the home team. They allowed the Bulls to shoot 48% for the game while connecting on seven of 18 three pointers for the night. Zack Levine scored 24 points along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists while Ryan Arcidiacono having 15 pints while going three for four from long range.
On the other hand, despite having 20-point efforts from Tristan Thompson, Rodney Hood, and Collin Sexton along with outrebounding the Bulls 53-38 for the game, the Cavaliers could not pull out the win though showing some fight in the meantime. Nonetheless, they seek to get back on the winning track despite injuries to George Hill (shoulder), Kevin Love (Foot), Kyle Korver (Foot), along with JR Smith (Illness), who is probable for their matchup with the Wizards. In all, the Cavs will simply be looking to keep this game close in which to come up with a hard-fought victory.
Washington Wizards's Latest Performance :
The Wizards’ finest finally showed up with Wall and Beal leading the way in a much needed second straight win for the team after losing four of five prior to their win over he Miami Heat on November 10th. Their defense also improved in allowing just 109 points, a much better average that what they have been allowing for the year (119 points per game). The question will be can the Wizards maintain this momentum against a Cleveland team that has struggled on both ends of the floor this season?
The Wizards have learned how to win close games during their two-game winning streak as they utilized Jeff Green and his play off the bench to spur a 14-4 run in the final quarter in which to pick up the win. With that being said, look for them to possess some confidence going into this matchup as well. In all, the Wizards will now nestle in for a four game, seven-day home stand to where they will look to pick up even more wins while gaining more momentum moving forward.
How Cleveland Cavaliers & Washington Wizards Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Cleveland is 6-6 ATS while the OU is 5-7
Washington is 4-9 ATS while the OU is 9-4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will certainly be important for the Wizards in that they really need to capitalize on whipping up on subpar competition. Cleveland happens to be one of those teams that they will look to take advantage of on Thursday night. Nonetheless, the Cavaliers seek to pull out a victory in which to halt a long losing streak. In all, look for both teams to be competitive in this contest as I envision a low scoring affair due to the on and off offensive nature of each team.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Washington Wizards
My reason for the pick :
Look for Washington to continue their winning ways in Cleveland as they will pick up a huge victory. As stated, the Wizards will attempt to build some positive momentum as the start to their season started off as a disaster. With that being said, look for them to be focused on controlling the pace of the game while talking advantage of a depleted lineup for the Cavaliers.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as I happen to believe that with Wall and Beal beginning to make some shots, the team will play much better as a result. Expect the Wizards to come out looking to take advantage of early offensive opportunities while utilizing their defensive prowess to prevent the Cavaliers from matching their offensive weapons in the meantime. Of course, the Wizards have not shown that they can be consistently consistent on the defensive end either, so, expect the Cavaliers to score some points in this matchup as well.
Betting trends for Cleveland Cavaliers:
- Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days’ rest.
- Under is 5-0 in Cavaliers last 5 overall.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Betting trends for Washington Wizards:
- Wizards are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
- Wizards are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Under is 5-1-1 in Wizards last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.