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Wiz, Cavs Heading in Different Directions

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To say the Washington Wizards have been struggling lately would be a massive understatement, and things won’t get any easier Tuesday when they travel to Ohio for a clash with the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wiz have dropped four in a row in ugly fashion, causing many pundits around the NBA to believe the seat under head coach Randy Whittman is warming up with each loss.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings between the Cavs and Wizards.
  • The Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
  • The road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between the Cavs and Wizards.

The Cavs, meanwhile, are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Cleveland has won five of its last six games and has been especially dominant at Quicken Loans Arena, posting a perfect 9-0 record at home this season. Bettors should tread with caution, however, as the Cavs are just 4-5 ATS at home.

Cleveland has also been red-hot for OVER backers, as the OVER/UNDER has gone 9-3 in its last 12 games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Cleveland Cavaliers installed as -7.5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 202.5.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 2-0 result in favor of the Cavaliers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers currently sport a record of 13-4, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-10 ATS. The Washington Wizards are 6-8 and 6-8 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cavaliers post a 10-7 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Wizards have gone 8-5-1 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Washington injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Cleveland Cavaliers rated this week at No. 8 and the Washington Wizards sitting at No. 23.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Cleveland's No. 6-ranked offense averaging 103.06 PPG, against a Washington Wizards defense that ranks No. 25 at 105.14 PPG. The Cleveland Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 46.13% so far, more than the Washington Wizards shooters have achieved on the year, 42.88% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Bradley Beal scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Wizards to victory (they lost 84-82 to Toronto at Verizon Center on Saturday).

Kevin Love scored 26 points leading the Cavaliers to a 90-88 victory over Brooklyn at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Los Angeles, Wednesday, December 2nd
Cleveland at New Orleans, Friday, December 4th