The Cleveland Cavaliers visit the nation's capital to face the Washington Wizards on Friday. Cleveland (22-48) looks to stop a six-game road losing streak, and the Cavs are just 9-25 on the road this season. Washington is 17-17 at home and 32-38 overall. Bradley Beal (hamstring) is out of action for the Wizards. Darius Garland (ankle) and Cedi Osman (ankle) are listed as questionable for the Cavaliers. Kevin Love (injury management) has been ruled out.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena. The latest Cavaliers vs. Wizards odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Washington as a nine-point favorite. The over-under for total points is set at 226.5. Before finalizing any Wizards vs. Cavaliers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Cavaliers vs. Wizards spread: Wizards -9
- Cavaliers vs. Wizards over-under: 226.5 points
- Cavaliers vs. Wizards money line: Wizards -430, Cavaliers +350
- CLE: The Cavaliers are 1-9 against the spread in the last 10 games
- WASH: The Wizards are 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 games
Why the Cavaliers can cover
Cleveland is focused on the future in a broad sense, but the Cavs do have some strengths and potential matchup advantages to lean on. The Cavs are a top-10 team in both free throw creation (22.3 attempts per game) and offensive rebounds (10.5 per game) this season, leading to a potential possession edge. Washington commits the most fouls in the NBA (21.7 per game) and the Wizards also allow the second-most free throw attempts (25.5 per game) in the league this season.
Cleveland is also good at preventing free throw attempts on defense, yielding only 20.2 per game, and the Cavaliers are a top-10 group in second-chance points allowed (12.2 per game) and turnover creation rate (14.6 percent). Washington also struggles to connect from long range, shooting just 35.2 from 3-point distance, and that could positively increase variance for the visiting Cavaliers.
Why the Wizards can cover
Washington is missing its leading scorer in Beal, but the Wizards have a top-flight option on the perimeter in Russell Westbrook. Not only did Westbrook set a new NBA record for career triple-doubles earlier this month, but he is averaging 22.2 points, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds per game for the full campaign. Westbrook has been even more prolific in Beal's absence, and he is the best player on the floor in Friday's matchup. Cleveland's weaknesses should also allow Washington to flourish, including the fact that the Cavaliers are No. 28 in the NBA in offensive rating.
Cleveland is the NBA's worst 3-point shooting team, ranking last in 3-pointers (10.0 per game) and 3-point accuracy (33.8 percent). The Cavaliers are also 29th in the NBA in turnovers, giving the ball away 15.4 times per game, and Cleveland is a bottom-five two point shooting team, making only 50.8 percent of their shots inside the arc.
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