Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards Betting Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently 20-14, as they’re heading into play winners of seven of their last ten games.
The Washington Wizards, on the other hand, are 17-17, as they’re heading into this game as losers of two straight games.
Betting Odds & Lines
The spread for Thursday night is set at WAS -4. The over/under is sitting at 211.5 points.
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Cavs Without Darius Garland
The Cavs will be without Darius Garland for this matchup, as he’s currently in the health and safety protocols.
Unfortunately, they lost Ricky Rubio to a torn ACL injury in their recent loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, as he would’ve been a great bet to step up for the potential All-Star candidate this season.
Rubio had arguably his best game of the season before going down with the injury, putting up 27 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists.
With no Garland for this game, the Cavs are going to have to take the next-man-up approach, and they have the guys who can step up, including Evan Mobley, Kevin Love, Lauri Markkanen, and Isaac Okoro.
Kevin Love Shooting the Lights Out
Love continues to shine in his newfound role with the Cavs, as he’s coming off a 24 point performance with all of his made field goals being 3-pointers.
When Love is hitting his 3-pointers, it opens up the floor for all of their players to do damage.
It allows all of his teammates to drive to the hoop for easy points or get their fair share of open looks from behind the arc. More importantly, it gives his teammates an easy bailout option if they’re guarded too closely and see an open Love.
Spencer Dinwiddie Rediscovering Touch
Spencer Dinwiddie was struggling during an extended period of time, but over his last three games, he’s completely flipped the script, as he’s averaging 20.7 points, 9.7 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game.
He’s been hitting his 3-pointers at nearly a 41 percent clip, with the pull-up variety being the most effective for him.
Dinwiddie is known for his tendency to take pull-up jumpers, and when he’s hot, he’s on absolute fire.
Bradley Beal has been out in the health and safety protocols, as his return for this game is still currently unknown.
Assuming Beal isn’t ready to return, Dinwiddie should have the responsibility of being this team’s primary scorer.
The Cavs are without Garland and Jarrett Allen for this one, as both players have established themselves as the likely All-Star Game representatives for the Cavs shall things continue going the way they currently are in Cleveland.
With Rubio and Collin Sexton out of the picture, they’re not going to have a point guard available to run sets and manage the flow of the game, so things can get choppy.
There is a chance Beal also returns for this game, and assuming he does, that’ll give the Wizards a significant edge.
Expect the Wizards to win this game and cover the spread.
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