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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards - 12/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Wizards (11-14) at Cleveland Cavaliers (5-20)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
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The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +4.5 -- Over/Under:
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NBA | Washington Wizards (11-14) at Cleveland Cavaliers (5-20)
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The Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Saturday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Washington Wizards look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 112.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 116.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 22.4 points and 4.4 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 21.3 points and 8.4 assists. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Otto Porter Jr. is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have split their last six road games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a feel good victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 16.3 points and 2.1 assists while Collin Sexton is averaging 14.8 points and 2.5 assists. Rodney Hood is the third double-digit scorer and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 11.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost their last four home games.

The Wizards are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cavaliers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-16 ATS in their last 22 Saturday games. The Wizards are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Cleveland. The under is 4-1 in Wizards last 5 overall. The under is 12-5 in Cavaliers last 17 overall.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are getting smoked nearly every time they take the floor, and now they just traded away another key player in George Hill. It's tanking time for the Cavs and nothing can stop it. The Washington Wizards aren't a team I completely trust despite their recent turnaround, but they are giving a better effort on both sides of the ball lately and did beat the Cavaliers by 24 points when they played about three weeks ago. The Wizards should be able to get the job done here, while covering the reasonable number.

Washington Wizards -4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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