Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 12/30/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Thursday, December 30, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Capital One Arena is where the Washington Wizards (17-17) will compete against the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-14) on Thursday.
The Cavaliers played the Pelicans and took a loss by a final of 108-104 in their last contest. Cleveland finished the game having earned a 42.0% field goal percentage (37 of 88) and converted 14 out of their 41 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Cavaliers converted 16 of their 19 shots for a rate of 84.2%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they collected 42 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 27 dimes for this game in addition to forcing 8 turnovers and earning 6 steals. With respect to defending, Cleveland allowed 45.0% from the field on 36 out of 80 shooting. New Orleans doled out 44 assists and had 24 steals for the contest. Moreover, New Orleans totaled 36 boards (8 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 3 blocks. New Orleans ended up shooting 76.9% at the free throw line by making 20 of 26 tries. They made 16 of their 36 tries from distance. When discussing personal fouls, the Cavaliers finished with 19 while the Pelicans finished the game with 12 personal fouls.
Ricky Rubio is one guy who was a contributor in this game. Rubio went 40.0% from the field and totaled 9 assists. He was on the court for 37 mins and pulled down 13 boards. He walked away with 27 points on 10 of 25 shooting.
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Cleveland will take the court with a win-loss record of 20-14 so far this season. They currently have an average of 107.8 points per outing (17th in the league) while going 46.2% from the field. The Cavaliers are shooting 35.8% on shots from downtown (432 of 1,206) and 79.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Cleveland is snagging 45.4 rebounds per contest and has tallied 867 dimes this year, which ranks 6th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 15.5 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.0 fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Cavaliers have forced 14.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.3 personal fouls. They are surrendering 32.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 2nd in the league in opponents PPG (101.6). The Cavaliers are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.0% (1,310 of 2,974) and they concede 43.1 boards per game as a group. They currently rank 15th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 800 conceded on the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Wizards took a defeat with a final score of 119-112 when they faced the Heat. In regard to rebounds, Washington allowed Miami to snag 28 overall (14 offensive). They shot 47.1% from three-point range by connecting on 16 of 34 and ended up going 21 out of 23 at the free throw line (91.3%). The Wizards allowed the Heat to bury 41 out of 92 attempts from the floor which had them at 44.6% in this matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Wizards shot 42 for 85 from the floor which had them at 49.4%. In regard to shooting from 3-point land, Washington converted 17 of 42 tries (40.5%). They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw tries for a rate of 78.6%. The Heat were called for 7 fouls for the contest which took the Wizards to the charity stripe for a total of 14 shots. They also turned the ball over 18 times, while earning 5 steals for this game. The Wizards earned 34 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 47 for this game.
Spencer Dinwiddie ended up having an impact for the Wizards for the contest. He made 8 of 16 in this matchup for a rate of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Dinwiddie earned 24 points in his 42 mins on the court and had 11 dimes for this contest.
Washington has a win-loss mark of 17-17 on the campaign. As an offense, the Wizards are connecting on 46.4% from the floor, which is ranked 7th in basketball. Washington has accumulated 3,605 pts so far this year (106.0 per game) and they collect 44.1 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 23.8 times per contest (13th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest. The Wizards are committing 19.1 fouls per game and they hit 76.4% from the free throw line.
The Washington defense concedes 34.3% on shots from distance (358 of 1,045) and opponents are connecting on 80.3% of their foul shots. They have allowed 22.9 assists and 44.9 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 8th and 13th in the NBA. The Wizards on defense are ranked 20th in basketball in PPG given up with 109.0. They are forcing 12.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.4% from the field (16th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland
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