Cavs vs. Wizards Prediction
Cleveland and Washington didn't play on Christmas Day because they are lottery-bound teams. Cleveland (6-23 SU, 12-17 ATS, 15-14 O/U) is coming off a 94-82 win over Milwaukee on Dec. 22. Washington (3-22 SU, 12-11-2 ATS, 11-12-2 O/U) has the NBA's worst record and is coming off seven straight losses, including a 96-87 loss at home to Detroit on Saturday. Cleveland travels to the Verizon Center to take on Washington on Wednesday at 7pmET. Last game: CLEVELAND (-5.5) over Washington, 94-84.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Cavs opened as a 1-point favorite and moved to Washington -1 in most books. The total opened at 186.5 and moved to 188.5 in most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 78% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Cavs. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Cleveland. According to latest NBA trends, Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Washington is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central.
These are two bad teams, but there's no way Washington should be favored over anybody right now other than Charlotte. Washington averages a league-worst 88.8 points per game while shooting a league-worst 40.2 percent. The Wizards' latest losing streak reached seven games with a 96-87 setback to Detroit and that dropped Washington to 2 10 at home. For Cleveland, without big man Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson has picked up some of the slack in Varejao's absence and has recorded three straight double-doubles. On Saturday, he had 14 points and 14 rebounds, including a career-high 12 defensive rebounds. This is how bad it's been for Washington's offense. In their home game against Detroit, Washington missed 15 of its first 16 shots. Cleveland G Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.6 points and shooting 47.9 percent in eight games since returning from a broken finger. He'll have a big game against a Washington team that has missed John Wall since the start of the season.
2012 NBA FREE PICK: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS +1