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NBA Game Preview - Wizards underdogs vs Cavaliers at Cleveland

Washington Wizards Cleveland Cavaliers
26-28 February 23, 2014, 06:00 | Quicken Loans Arena 22-34



Cleveland will look to improve on its 22-34 record on Sunday when they host Washington in NBA odds action at Quicken Loans Arena.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Cavaliers are 22-34 so far on the season, and 26-30 ATS vs. the number. The Wizards, meanwhile, are 26-28 and 29-24-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Cleveland go 25-31 and the Wizards go 30-24 on the totals.

View Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

The Cavaliers were listed as a -1-point Favorite at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 195.5 over at 5Dimes earlier.

This game pits the Cavaliers, currently No. 21 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Wizards, who rate No. 14 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 92-88 victory for the Wizards.

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Last time out for Washington, they were a 94-93 winner as they battled the Pelicans at home. The Wizards failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 187 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. New Orleans was victimized by Nene Hilario for 30 points as the Wizards defeated the Pelicans 94-93 in NBA action on Saturday.

The Cavaliers were a 98-91 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Raptors. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (189) made winners of UNDER bettors. Cleveland got 21 points and 11 rebounds from Luol Deng in a losing cause in a 98-91 loss to Toronto on Friday at Air Canada Centre.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 23-ranked offense (96.96 PPG) against a Wizards defense that ranks No. 12 at 99.4 PPG. The Cavaliers have averaged 42.44% from the field per game, less than the Wizards have managed so far this season (45.17% on average).

A few Wizards at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Washington is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Washington's last 17 games on the road
Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
Cleveland is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games at home


Next up:
Washington home to Orlando, Tuesday, February 25th
Cleveland home to Toronto, Tuesday, February 25th