Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards Predictions, NBA Picks 2/21/2020
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Washington -4.5
Capital One Arena is the venue where Ish Smith and the Washington Wizards (20-33, 3rd in the Southeast Division) will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (14-40, 5th in the Central Division) on Friday. Washington opens this game as 4.5 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 224.
The Cavaliers cover 43.4% of the time, having gone 23-30-1 ATS. Washington is covering 51.9% of the time, going 27-25-1 against the spread.
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
02/14/20 PF Kevin Love Achilles is questionable Friday vs Washington
01/13/20 SG Dylan Windler Leg is out for season
Key Washington Wizards Injuries
10/18/19 PG John Wall Achilles is out indefinitely
02/20/20 C Thomas Bryant Foot is upgraded to questionable Friday vs Cleveland
Kevin Love comes into this game averaging 17.7 points per contest while playing 31.3 minutes per night this year. He grabs 9.8 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.0 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 85%. Collin Sexton averages 19.8 points per contest in 32.2 minutes per game. He averages 2.7 assists per game and 3.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 46% for the season while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Ish Smith scores 10.8 points per contest while playing 26.4 minutes per game. He hauls in 3.2 rebounds per contest and has 4.7 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 67%. Bradley Beal averages 29.1 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 35.5 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.4 rebounds per game and has 6.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 106.1 points per contest, which is 27th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -8.9 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 21st. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 21st in the NBA. They average 44.4 boards per contest and 22.4 assists per game, which ranks them 20th and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 2nd with 16.4 per game. The Cavaliers allow 115.0 points per contest, which is 25th in the NBA. They also surrender a 49% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 30th and 28th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 43.1 rebounds a game which ranks 5th, and they allow 26.0 assists per game which puts them in 28th place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Washington is 6th in the NBA with 115.6 points per contest this season. They are 11th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -4.23. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 11th in the league. They are 27th in the NBA in rebounding with 42.4 boards per contest and 10th in assists per game with 25.6. The Wizards are 22nd in turnovers per contest with 13.9. The Wizards give up 119.8 points per game, which ranks them 30th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 49% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 29th and 25th in those defensive statistics. They rank 25th with 25.7 dimes allowed per game and 24th with 46.5 boards surrendered per contest. The Wizards are 25th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.6 per contest this year.
The Cavaliers are 24th in the league in defensive rating with 115.7, and their offensive rating of 106.8 is ranked 29th. They are 19th in the NBA in pace with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 22nd. As a unit they are 24th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 18th in the NBA. Cleveland is 1st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 56%, which is 1st in the NBA.
Washington is 24th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 2nd in the NBA. The Wizards are 12th in the league in defensive rating with 115.9, and their offensive rating of 111.9 is ranked 30th. They are 6th in the NBA in pace with 103 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 15th. As a unit they are 15th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 22nd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Wizards NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington -4.5
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