Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/16/13
Cleveland Cavaliers (3-7) at Washington Wizards (2-6)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -7.5 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers head to Washington on Saturday to face the Wizards.
The Washington Wizards are sitting at 2-6 this season, and at home, the Wizards are just 1-1. Washington obviously hasn’t spent much time at home this season, so perhaps a bit of home cooking will do them some good. The Wizards are very solid offensively, ranking 12th in the league with 100.5 points per game scored on average. The defense looks to be the issue as of right now, as the Wizards are allowing 104.8 points per game. In their last outing, the Spurs defeated the Wizards in San Antonio 92-79 on Wednesday.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are sitting at 3-7 on the season currently, and currently Cleveland is winless on the road. The Cavs are basically the opposite of the Wizards, as the Cavs are allowing nearly 100 yards per game, ranking them 16th in the league, but the offense is struggling for Cleveland, scoring just 91.5 points per game this season. Cleveland’s last outing was a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, falling to the T-Wolves in Minnesota 124-95.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are sitting at 1-9 against the spread this season, and as an underdog, the Cavs are 1-3 ATS. The Cavs are not only winless on the road this season, but the Cavs are also 0-6 against the spread when playing on the road. When playing against other teams with a losing record this season, the Cavs are 0-3 against the spread.
The Washington Wizards are 4-4 against the spread this season, and as a favorite, Washington is 1-1 ATS. One trend that the Wizards have going for them on Saturday, is that the Wizards are 3-1 against the spread when going up against teams giving 99+ points per game.
My play here is going to be on the total. I also like Cleveland if you like taking sides over totals, but my strongest play here is on the total. Neither the Cavs, nor the Wizards play all that great defensively, and with each team having a day of rest coming into this one, their legs should be fresh which should up the scoring here.