Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game at Capital One Arena. Washington looks to end a 2-game losing streak as they take on the Cavaliers who are coming off a big win vs Memphis. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
A team trying to make the postseason shouldn’t really be losing to opponents who have their 3 main players out of the line-up. But, that’s exactly what the Washington Wizards did in their last game vs the Brooklyn Nets. Kristaps Porzingis had 38 points, Deni Avdija added 23 off the bench, but the shorthanded Nets managed to shoot 50% from the field and overturn a 23-point deficit to beat the Wizards.
This team has been very unpredictable this season, they enter tonight’s game as 3.5 point underdogs at home. Cleveland won the first meeting of the season by 10 points after overtime, played just 3 games into the season. Washington does hold the edge with 6 wins in the last 10 head-to-head. Kyle Kuzma is out for this one, while Bradley Beal is questionable.
The play of Donovan Mitchell has been the main subject of discussions for Cavaliers fans lately as the all-star guard is averaging only 13.6 points per game in his last 5 outings. That’s a significant drop-off from the 27.1 per game he’s averaged for the season, his team has gone 4-2 SU/ATS in their last 6 games, which isn’t all that bad considering their best player is struggling shooting just 35% from the field.
Winning away games has been an issue this season for Cleveland, they are only 11-16 SU in 27 games, however things might be improving after their win at Indiana last night. This game will be a 2nd night of a back-to-back, in games played with no rest this season the Cavs are an impressive 5-3 SU.
With 2 of their 3 best players potentially missing this game, I am not feeling the Wizards in this one. Cleveland has gone 6-1 SU in 7 games vs Southeast Division opponents, it’s only a matter of time until Mitchell turns it around. Take the road team to cover here.
Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions & Odds
Even with a struggling Mitchell the Cavs managed to put up 122 points last night against one of the fastest paced teams in the league Indiana. Washington plays a similar style, they are in the bottom 15 in defensive efficiency. The first meeting of the season saw 224 points, which is 3 more than tonight’s projected total. We’re not used to Washington home games going over the total, that’s happened in 9 of their last 12, including 14 of 23 for the season.
The Wizards have been on fire from three-point land recently averaging 45.1% makes in their last 3 games, they’ve been one of the more consistent teams in home games averaging 38.1% makes this season. The Cavs aren’t far behind with 37.7% of makes, so if both teams continue their hot shooting here we could be in for a high scoring game. Washington’s last 3 games have all gone over 221 points, let’s back the over in this one.