Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards February 26 Betting Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards February 26 Betting Preview

Barry Devoe
2 years ago
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Washington Wizards guard Craig Sword (32) defends Cleveland Cavaliers guard RJ Nembhard Jr. (5) in a December 30 NBA contest

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently 35-24 but have dropped three straight games.

The Washington Wizards, on the other hand, are 27-32, as they are losers of six of their last ten games.

This should be a fun one!

Betting Odds & Lines

The spread for Saturday night is set at CLE -8. The over/under is sitting at 204.5 points. 

Cavs Facing Multiple Injuries

The Cavs are currently facing several injuries on their roster, with Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, Rajon Rondo all facing ailments in addition to the season-ending loss of Collin Sexton.

With that being said, it will be hard for the Cavs to find any production out of their point guard position for the foreseeable future unless Garland is successfully able to play through his back injury, with the Cavs reportedly believing that Garland can play through the injury.

Whether Garland can play through the injury remains to be seen, but the Cavs will need him to be close to his best if they want to lock down one of the top five playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Brandon Goodwin and Cedi Osman will both be relied upon heavily in the absence of Garland and LeVert.

Cavs Players to Look Out For

Some Cavs players to look out for in this one include first-time All-Star Jarrett Allen, although his effectiveness could take a minor hit without a clear answer at the point guard position.

Allen managed to put up 11 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in the Cavs’ most recent game without Garland, but one may think he’d do better if he had a guy to set him up for better looks.

Evan Mobley is also someone who could step up, as he has the ability to find his own shot in the mid-range or close to the basket.

In his first game back, Lauri Markkanen dropped 22 points to go along with six rebounds.

Kyle Kuzma Coming Off Huge Performance

Kyle Kuzma put up 36 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the Wizards’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs last night, as he is looking to re-establish himself as a well-rounded player following a tumultuous ending to his run with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In his last six games, Kuzma is averaging 21.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Raul Neto are also coming off big performances, as they put up 24 and 22 points, respectively.

Cavs Win

Despite the injuries the Cavs are facing, the Wizards aren’t in much better shape either, as they’ve lost Bradley Beal for the rest of the season.

While they did lose to the lowly Detroit Pistons their last time out, they made it close down the stretch, and their best players didn’t put up the best performances.

Lauri Markkanen’s return should help give this team a boost in the scoring department alongside Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen.

The Cavs may be able to win this game, but don’t bet on them covering this big betting spread.

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