It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams on the floor in the nation’s capital. The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road as they travel to face the Washington Wizards Friday night. Cleveland was upended 119-113 at home by Boston Tuesday night in their last contest. Washington was knocked off 121-106 on the road by Indiana in their last contest Wednesday night. The Wizards own a 112-106 edge in the all-time regular season series. Last season, the teams split four meetings with Washington taking a 119-106 home win in the most recent matchup on February 8, 2019.
Cleveland Cavaliers Try to Bounce Back On the RoadCleveland dropped their third straight and their fourth in the last five games as they were unable to come up with a victory over Boston. The Cavaliers now hope that heading on the road might help them get back in the win column. Cleveland trailed by eight after the opening quarter and trailed by nine at the half: they cut the deficit to six after three quarters. The Cavaliers were held at bay the rest of the way as they drew no closer than three at 116-113 with 1:33 to play in the contest. Cleveland shot 42.1 percent from the floor, including 13 of 33 from three-point range, but allowed Boston to torch the nets at a 56.5 percent clip in the game. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 21 points in the loss.
The Cavaliers are 23rd in the league in scoring this season with 106.1 points per game. Cleveland is 12th in rebounding with 46 caroms a night while the team stands 23rd with 21.9 assists per contest. The Cavaliers are slightly below average defensively, ranking 21st in scoring defense by allowing 112.1 points per game. Kevin Love is leading the team with 18.9 points, 14.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest this year. Collin Sexton (17.4 points), Tristan Thompson (16.9 points, 11.6 rebounds) and Jordan Clarkson (15 points) are scoring in double figures on the year. Larry Nance Jr. (10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds), Cedi Osman, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. all have to step up on the offensive end of the floor. Cleveland is tied for 25th in the league by shooting 43.3 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are 15h in the league in made threes with 12 triples a night while ranking 17th in three-point shooting by shooting 34.9 percent from downtown.
Washington Wizards Look to Get Right at HomeWashington was unable to build off their win over the Pistons earlier in the week as they failed to capitalize on an Indiana team playing their third game in four nights, not to mention the second game of a back to back. The Wizards now hope that returning home can help get them pointed in the right direction. Washington was tied after the opening quarter but trailed by eight at the half: the deficit ballooned to 14 after three quarters. The Wizards didn’t get closer than 10 the rest of the way as they ended up with a defeat. Washington shot 38.9 percent from the field, including 13 of 40 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 17 times. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 30 points in the defeat.
The Wizards enter this contest tied for sixth in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 115.3 points per game on the year. Washington is 25th in rebounding as they collect 43.3 boards per contest and are fifth by dishing out 25.7 assists per contest. The Wizards have been a sieve defensively, ranking 25th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 118.1 points per game. Bradley Beal leads the team with 27 points and 6.1 assists per game on the season. Isaiah Thomas puts up 13.6 points plus 6.4 assists a night while rookie Rui Hachimura adds 12.6 points and six boards a night. Davis Bertans (13.1 points), Thomas Bryant (13.6 points, 9.9 rebounds) and Moritz Wagner (11.1 points) are all averaging in double figures. The Wizards need more from Ish Smith and Isaac Bonga if those two are going to remain in the starting lineup. Washington is 18th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.1 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Wizards are ninth in the league in threes per game as they drain 13 triples a night while the team stands 11th in three-point shooting by hitting 35.5 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
The top trends according to Covers.com:
- Cavaliers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Cavaliers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Wizards are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall