Baskets again scarce in Cleveland?
With Cleveland, a tough opponent awaits the guests from Washington. The Cavs have turned their Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse into a hard-to-catch fortress this season. Only eight of the 36 home games have been lost by the home side – only the top team in the Eastern Conference, Milwaukee, is even better in front of its own fans.
Cleveland Cavaliers – Statistics & Current Form
The Cavs recently hosted Philadelphia, a top team in the East, and against the Sixers they recorded one of their rare home losses.
However, the basketball players from Ohio are also one of the best teams in the East. After all, the hosts occupy fourth place in the conference and the defensive work in particular has been very strong in Cleveland this season. Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s team is allowing the fewest points per game to its opponents in the league.
Washington Wizards – Statistics & current form
Washington recently recorded a must-win against the last-place team in the East, Detroit. Bradley Beal was very strong in the game with 36 points. The Wizards also hope that Kyle Kuzma will be able to play again against Cleveland.
The powerful guard was absent from the win against the Pistons due to an injury and the former Lakers player is of great importance for the offense of the hoopsters from the “Federal City”. The 27-year-old is delivering around 21 points per game so far this season!
Cleveland Cavaliers – Washington Wizards Tip
For the showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards, the prediction and odds on less than 220.5 points seem promising. The home side are very strong defensively and the same can be said of the visitors, at least with some reservations.
With this in mind, there is no sign of a body festival in Ohio. A look at the statistics for this pairing in the recent past also speaks in favour of the prediction. The last six meetings always ended with less than 219.5 points after the regular playing time, only the penultimate comparison last October came up with 224 points, but only after overtime.