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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards - 10/8/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wizards vs. Cavaliers

NBA Basketball: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

The Line: Wizards -3.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBATV

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards meet Sunday in NBA preseason action at the Capital One Arena on NBATV.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look for their first preseason win after an 0-2 start when they take the road for the first time. In Friday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Cavs shot 46 percent from the field and had 19 turnovers. Dwyane Wadeled the Cavaliers with 20 points and five rebounds while Jae Crowder had 17 points and three assists. Derrick Rose was the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Love grabbed seven rebounds. LeBron James has yet to play in the preseason. The Cavs are getting some impressive numbers from their role players, which is key, despite the defense lacking in both games. The Cleveland Cavaliers have allowed 47 percent shooting or better in both games, which is a concern moving forward, as a lack of defense is likely here to stay given this team’s age. 

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards - 10/8/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Wizards look to build on their 2-0 preseason start when they play a third straight home game. In Friday’s win over the New York Knicks, the Wizards shot 46.5 percent from the field and made 10 threes. John Wall led the Wizards with 19 points and six assists while Bradley Beal had 13 points and one rebound. Kelly Oubre Jr. was the third double-digit scorer and Mike Scott grabbed four rebounds. The Wizards have scored a combined 230 points in their first two games, but keep in mind one of those contests came against Guangzhou. Either way, Wall and Beal have been extremely sharp in their limited minutes. The Washington Wizards have to find depth in order to support their talented backcourt.

The Cavaliers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and the over is 6-1 in Cavaliers last 7 Sunday games. The over is 5-0 in Wizards last 5 Sunday games. The Cavaliers are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Washington and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.

The Cavs still have yet to play their best player and are giving their other starters 20 minutes or less in each game. Meanwhile, the Wizards are the younger team of the two with more guys fighting for consistent playing time, and they're actually winning their preseason games. At home, I'll lay the bucket with Washington. 

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