The Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers will both be looking to get back in the win column when the playoff longshots square off at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland on Thursday night. With the Wizards and Cavs both completely and utterly desperate for a win in this under the radar matchup, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NBA odds.
Wizards vs Cavaliers 2020 NBA Lines, Analysis & Prediction
- When: Thursday January 23, 2020, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH
- TV: NBCS Washington, FS Ohio, NBA TV Canada
- Radio: Washington / Cleveland
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Odds: Cleveland -1 / Total: 232
Why Bet On Washington?
Washington has lost four of five and comes into this matchup off a hard-fought 134-129 overtime loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. The Wizards made a great comeback to rally from 21 down in the second quarter to put a scare into the Heat before coming up just short of getting the huge upset.
Veteran shooting guard Bradley Beal had a huge game with 38 points and nine rebounds while reserve forward Davis Bertans added 24 points for his 11th 20-point effort of the season. Butler has scored 30 points or more 15 times this season but Washington has gone an uninspiring 6-9 in those contests. The Wizards average 114.7 points per game (5th) but allow a whopping 120.1 points per game defensively to rank a pitiful 30th in points allowed. Washington is 5-17 on the road this season.
- Average Score For: 114.33
- Field Goals: 46.00%
- Three Points: 36.48%
- Free Throws: 77.48%
- Rebounds: 42.45
- Average Score Against: 119.76
- Field Goals: 48.84%
- Three Points: 36.86%
- Free Throws: 77.89%
- Rebounds: 46.40
Why Bet On Cleveland?
The Cavaliers have lost five straight games including Monday’s 106-86 loss against the visiting New York Knicks. To make matters worse, Cleveland has lost three of their last five by 20 points or more. The Cavs placed six players in double figures in scoring and got 13 points and a career-high 22 rebounds from veteran center Tristan Thompson in the loss as the 28-year-old moved into third place on the franchise’s all-time rebounding list behind only Zydrunas Ilgauskas (5,904) and LeBron James (6,190).
“Coming into the league, you always want to be able to leave your imprint wherever you play,” the 28-year-old Thompson told reporters. “So, for me, being able to be part of Cavaliers history and probably go down as one of the greatest Cavaliers to ever play. Yeah, it’s huge.”
The Cavaliers are led by 21 year old point guard, Collin Sexton who averages a team-high 19.1 points per game. Cleveland averages 104.8 points per game (27th) and allow 113.9 points per game defensively (21st) but have gone just 6-15 at home this season.
- Average Score For: 104.77
- Field Goals: 44.99%
- Three Points: 34.31%
- Free Throws: 76.16%
- Rebounds: 44.36
- Average Score Against: 113.89
- Field Goals: 48.71%
- Three Points: 37.03%
- Free Throws: 76.41%
- Rebounds: 43.45
NBA Betting Trends for Wizards vs Cavaliers
- Wizards are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 games against an opponent in the Central division
- Wizards are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
- Cavaliers are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 games against an opponent in the Southeast division
- Cavaliers are 0-5 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 8 of Cleveland’s last 11 games
Wizards vs Cavaliers Expert Analysis and Prediction
The Cavaliers have won nine of the past 13 meetings against Washington, including a 113-100 road win on Nov. 8, but I like the Wizards to extract some revenge in this affair simply because the cavaliers have looked completely overmatched recently and I’m expecting Bradley Beal to be the best player on the floor in this affair. Despite their winless 0-4 ATS mark in their last 4 road games, the Wizards are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest. The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite. Again, I like Washington for the outright road win.
Pick: Washington 110 Cleveland 105