Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers ATS Prediction


The Cleveland Cavaliers (5-20) will be at home in Quicken Loans Arena when they challenge the Washington Wizards (11-14). Action begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 8, 2018, and can be seen on Fox Sports – Ohio.

Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers ATS Odds

In the Wizards’ last contest, they defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 131-117, easily covering as 3.5-point favorites. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, were dismantled by the Sacramento Kings, 129-110, and failed to cover as 11-point underdogs. Both games went over their projected point totals. The Washington game finished 20 points over the projected point total of 228, while the Cleveland game finished 19.5 points over the projected point total of 219.5.

Washington dominated every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.5 (above their season average of 20.0) and a turnover percentage of 12.1 (worse than their season average of 12.0). For those same stats, Atlanta put up marks of 17.8 and 13.9, respectively. Cleveland, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (14-19; 73.7 percent). Alec Burks played well for Cleveland, contributing 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Washington rallied around Bradley Beal, who recorded 36 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

In their first matchup this season, Beal led the Wizards to a 119-95 win. He put up 20 points. The two teams combined to score 214 points, which was just under the projected point total of 215.5, and Washington covered as a 13-point favorite. The Wizards’ 14.8 turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Cavaliers, who had a mark of 20.2.

Of the Wizards’ 25 games, 15 have gone over the total. Washington holds records of 11-14 straight up (SU) and 10-14-1 against the spread (ATS).

Unlike Washington, Cavaliers games have a tendency to go under the total (58.3 percent). Additionally, Cleveland is 5-20 SU and 12-12 ATS.

Jordan Clarkson has been playing at a high level as of late for Cleveland, averaging 19 points over the last five games.

The offensive glass could be a major edge for Cleveland in this showdown. The Cavaliers rank third in offensive rebounding percentage (26.6 percent), while Washington ranks 30th in defensive rebounding percentage (72.2 percent).

Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • The Wizards rank 12 in fast break points per game (14.4) while the Cavaliers rank 27 (10.2).
  • Washington ranks third in blocks per game (6.1) while Cleveland ranks last (2.2).
  • The Wizards rank 11th in three pointers attempted per game (32.7) while the Cavaliers rank 29th (23.8).
  • Cleveland ranks ninth in second chance points per game (14.4) while Washington ranks 27th in second chance points allowed per game (15.2).
  • Washington ranks 12 in points in the paint per game (48.72) while Cleveland ranks 28 (42).
  • The Cavaliers rank second in rebounds allowed per game (42.0) while the Wizards rank 29th (48.5).
  • The Wizards rank 12 in assists per game (24.28) while the Cavaliers rank last (19.04).
  • Washington averages 8.6 steals per game, which ranks 6 in the NBA. Cleveland ranks 8 in steals allowed per game (7.28).
  • Washington ranks fifth in points off turnovers per game (19.2) while Cleveland ranks 28th (14.2).
  • In games where they allow less than 100 points, Cleveland is 2-2 and Washington is 3-0.
  • The Wizards are 11-12 when they reach 100 points, while the Cavaliers are 4-10.
  • Cleveland is 5-7 ATS at home, while Washington is 4-9 ATS on the road.
  • The total has gone over in 7 of the Wizards’ 13 road games, while 7 of the Cavaliers’ 12 home games have gone under.

Bettings Trends:

  • The Wizards are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Cavaliers are 2-3.
  • In their last five games, Washington has 4 unders and 1 over, while Cleveland has 3 unders and 2 overs.
  • During their last five games, the Wizards have scored an average of 109.0 points per game (3.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 112.0 points per game (4.7 below their season average).
  • The Cavaliers\u2019 average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 17.0, up from 9.0 for the season.