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Wizards vs Cavaliers NBA Game Preview

Washington WizardsCleveland Cavaliers
March 12, 7:00 PM | Quicken Loans Arena

Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

20-41TEAM RECORD21-42

The Cavaliers will try to cover the spread at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday when they get a visit from the Wizards in basketball action.

Cleveland battles the Wizards, currently with a 20-41 mark (36-24-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 34-29 for the Cavaliers and 22-38-1 for the Wizards. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Washington vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 27 (Cavaliers) and the No. 15 (Wizards) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 95-93 result in favor of the Cavaliers is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 16-ranked offense (97.6 PPG) against a Wizards defense that ranks No. 6 at 95.1 PPG. The Cavaliers have averaged 43.4% from the field per game, more than the Wizards have managed so far this season (43% on average).

Defensively, the Wizards feature the league's No. 5-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.5 points per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 104-87 winner as they battled the Bobcats at home. The Wizards covered in the match as a 10.5-point favorite, while 191 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Trevor Ariza scored 26 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading Washington over Charlotte, 104-87, on Saturday at Verizon Center.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 100-96 loser as they battled the Raptors on the road. The Cavaliers covered in the match as a 5.5-point underdog, while 196 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Cleveland got 21 points from Dion Waiters but lost anyway 100-96 against the Raptors on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

Washington Wizards Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 2-8
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing Charlotte are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Dallas are 3-7
After playing Toronto are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few Wizards at Cavaliers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Washington
Cleveland is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 9 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games

Next up:
Washington home to Milwaukee, Wednesday, March 13
Cleveland at Dallas, Friday, March 15