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Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 2/8/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards
Date & Time Friday February 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Capital One Arena
Washington, D.C.
The Line
The Line: Washington Wizards -10.5 -- Over/Under: 220
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards meet Friday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena.

The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a win after losing 20 of their last 23 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 113.1 points on 49.2 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 16.6 points and 2.3 assists while Collin Sexton is averaging 14.6 points and three rebounds. Cedi Osman is the third double-digit scorer and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 11.1 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost 11 of their last 13 road games.

The Washington Wizards also need a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 113.4 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 116.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 24.9 points and 5.1 rebounds while Trevor Ariza is averaging 14.8 points and 4.3 assists. Jeff Green is the third double-digit scorer and Thomas Bryant is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost four of their last six home games.

The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wizards are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Washington and the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Wizards last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Cavaliers last 5 overall.

The Cleveland Cavaliers just beat the Washington Wizards last week despite being 7.5-point underdogs, and they've won seven of the last 10 meetings against them overall. (LeBron James obviously played a part in a lot of those games) The Wizards aren't a team you should be looking to lay big chalk with, but the Cavs are barely putting out NBA rosters most nights and head into this contest losing by an average of 12 points on the road. The Cleveland Cavaliers are also just 7-12 ATS this season as a double-digit underdog. So, while there's better options on Friday's card, it's Wizards or pass for me. 

Washington Wizards -10.5

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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