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Cleveland CavaliersWashington Wizards
Dec 26, 7:00 PM | Verizon Center

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards Odds

6-23TEAM RECORD3-22

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Wednesday when the Wizards try to run the Cavaliers off the court at Verizon Center in pro hoops action.

The Cavaliers will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 12-17 ATS against the number this season, while the Wizards are 13-11-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Cleveland is 15-14 on the totals; Washington is 11-13-1.

View Cleveland vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
For bettors going with the Wizards in this one, they were listed earlier as 1-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 186.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 26 (Wizards) and the No. 24 (Cavaliers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 89-86 result in favor of the Cavaliers is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 88.8 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 20 at 99.7 PPG. The Wizards field goal percentage has averaged 40.2% so far, less than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 41.6% per game.

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 17-rated defense on the road, giving up 100.1 points per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 94-82 winner as they battled the Bucks on the road. The Cavaliers covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog, while 176 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Cavaliers grabbed a 94-82 win over the Bucks on Saturday, behind an 18 -point effort from Dion Waiters at Bradley Center.

Washington lost its last outing, a 96-87 result against the Pistons on December 22. The Wizards failed to cover in that game as a 1-point underdog, while the 183 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Washington suffered a 96-87 loss against Detroit on Saturday, getting 21 points from Jordan Crawford in a losing effort at Verizon Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After a win are 0-10

Washington Wizards Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Orlando are 3-7
After playing Detroit are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

A few Cavaliers at Wizards trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to Atlanta, Friday, December 28
Washington home to Orlando, Friday, December 28

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