Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction
The Capital One Arena hosts a matchup between the Washington Wizards (24-28) and Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22) on Monday. The Cleveland Cavaliers are ranked fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, five spots above the tenth-placed Washington Wizards. The Cleveland Cavaliers currently have the edge in the series, having won the first regular season game between these teams. This will be the second time they face off.
Form Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards were dealt a tough blow when they lost 125-123 to the Brooklyn Nets in their last match. The defeat extended their losing streak to two games, leaving their overall record for the past 10 games at 6-4.
The Washington Wizards are not particularly strong offensively. Heading into Monday’s match, they have been averaging 113.3 points per game. Compared to the rest of the league, the home defense ranks around the middle of the pack, restricting opponents to 113.5 points per game.
Last year, the Washington Wizards failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 35-47 regular season. They ended up 12th in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the Southeast Division. However, with a 24-28 record this season, they hold the Eastern Conference’s tenth seed, leaving them set for the Play-In Tournament.
Anthony Gill is the only reported injury concern for the Washington Wizards ahead of Monday’s game.
Form Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers went 33-22 for the season last time out by defeating the Indiana Pacers 103-122. In their past ten matches, they’ve gone 5-5 and are also 2-3 in their last five on the road.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been having trouble scoring points this season. Their average of 111.7 points per game is one of the lowest in the NBA going into Monday’s matchup. The away defense is one of the best in the league, giving up an average of only 106.8 points to their opponents and 107.8 on the road.
Last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers secured a berth in the Play-In Tournament but failed to advance to the playoffs. This season, however, the visitors have made a brilliant comeback. They’re in a stronger position to make the postseason now, sitting fifth in Eastern Conference and second in the Central Division.
Caris LeVert and Dylan Windler are set to miss the Cleveland Cavaliers game due to injuries.
The total reached 221.5 points in the most recent encounter between these teams in October 2022. The matchup ended in a 117-107 road victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers back then. The Washington Wizards won two out of their last five games against the Cleveland Cavaliers, giving them a total record of 2-3.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the Washington Wizards managed 109.4 points on average per game, while the Cleveland Cavaliers put 104.5 points on board.
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- Moneyline (ML): Cleveland Cavaliers (-140) | Washington Wizards (+120)
- Against the spread (ATS): Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 (-110) | Washington Wizards +2.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 221.5 (-115) | (-105)
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Bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers to win (1.71) on the moneyline.
Following a 125-123 defeat against the Brooklyn Nets last time out, the Washington Wizards are expected to lose again. Form-wise, they’re in decent shape, going 6-4 in their last 10 games. However, with odds of +120 on the moneyline, they are the clear underdogs at Capital One Arena. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites, riding a two-game winning streak. The moneyline odds of -140 imply a 58% chance of a road win here. That said, seeing as the visitors have lost six out of ten road games, nothing is set in stone.
Against the Spread
Take the Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 (1.91) as they are the best bet.
The Cleveland Cavaliers open up as the 2.5-point favorites over the Washington Wizards, according to the oddsmakers. This implies a tight battle is likely, with a road win possible but not by much. Based on their last ten matchups, the average points margin between the two teams was 12.1 points.
The Washington Wizards tend to play well at Capital One Arena against the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning three of the last five games by an average of 13.7 points. In their previous ten games, the Washington Wizards went 6-4 ATS overall and 4-6 ATS in the last ten at home.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have gone 12-15 ATS on the road. Their overall record for the season is 29-24-2 ATS. For covering the spread, the Cleveland Cavaliers have managed to string together a fine record. They have covered the spread in their last two matchups, going 5-5 ATS in their last ten matchups in all.
Go for Total under 221.5 (1.87) on the total.
There has been a trend of low-scoring games between the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers recently. The points have just not been there for either team. In fact, in their past ten matchups, the total only averaged 213.9 points.
For this latest showdown, the total line is available at 221.5. This is 18.9 points higher than the combined 202.6-point average the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers put up in their last five meetings. Betting on the Under in the total market returns odds of -115.
The past ten Washington Wizards games produced 234.3 points per game on average, with the total going over in the last two. Betting on the over would’ve paid out as a winning bet in the last three games at the Capital One Arena for the Washington Wizards. They are 5-4-1 in their last ten home and away matches combined.
As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the average total has been 219.1 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 216.4 points in the last five on the road. Going on the road doesn’t always seem to produce the expected number of points for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The total has gone under in four of their past five matchups away from home.