We have 1 game tonight for the NBA on ESPN preview and that is the Washington Wizards hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is going to be a better game than what is advertised on paper and I’ll explain why that is below!
When and Where
Tipping off at 7:00 pm EST, we have an early start tonight for some NBA action. The 2-5 Cavs will travel to Capital One Arena in Washington, DC to face the 2-5 Washington Wizards.
Why We’re Watching
Early on this season, both teams are living up(?) to their non-existent hype. With only 2 wins apiece, the Cavs and Wizards were expected to be a couple of the worst teams in the NBA and they’re proving the predictors right. But, for tonight, the injury report is rather clean which means we will get to see some notable names take the floor. Starting with the home team, the Wizards backcourt of superstar Bradley Beal and the apparent resurrection of Isaiah Thomas makes the Wizards a problem for opposing defenders. That being said, the Cavs backcourt of 1st and 2nd-year players Darius Garland and Collin Sexton is the worst backcourt combination of defenders in the NBA. So, what do we expect to happen? Beal with light up the scoreboard while Thomas dishes out 6+ assists with ease.
How do the Cavs counter Beal you may ask? Why with Kevin Love of course! Love, who is finally healthy it appears, is leading the Cavs in every statistical category. Also, despite having only 3 “bigs” in the rotation, the Cavs have a clear cut advantage in the paint. With Love, Tristan Thompson, and Larry Nance Jr the Cavs will be able to outrebound the Wizards which bodes well for them considering the tendency to throw up shots by the Wizards backcourt.
Betting Done Quick
The Cavs are +4.5 (-110) on the spread and that’s what I locked in for tonight. With more time off and more less travel between games, the Cavs should be well-rested for this game. While the Wizards average more points per game than the Cavs, they allow an absurd 118 points per game to their opponents. Speaking of points, this game has an O/U of 232.5 which is the highest implied total on the entire slate. Did you want a reason to watch this game? Well, I predict the over (-110) to hit which means we have an incredibly high-scoring game on our hands!
Leading Scorer: Bradley Beal