Wizards vs Cavaliers Prediction - NBA Picks 1/3/24

Cleveland Cavaliers (18-15) vs Washington Wizards (6-26)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 240 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. Here’s a Wizards vs Cavs Prediction.

Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards have been in poor form as they've lost six of their last eight games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back here after coming up short to the Hawks in a 130-126 loss on Sunday. Kyle Kuzma led the team with 38 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 15 of 31 shooting, Deni Avdija added 17 points with 12 rebounds while Tyus Jones chipped in with 14 points and eight assists. As a team, the Wizards shot 46 percent from the field and 17 of 53 from the 3-point line as they hit the ground running and opened the game on a 17-4 run, but it didn't last long at all as the Wizards were always trailing after allowing 42 points in the second quarter.

Washington Wizards Player Facts

  • Tyus Jones ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assist:turnover ratio (6.8) this season.
  • Daniel Gafford ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for FG% (68.4%) this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in decent shape as they've won five of their last eight games overall, but they will be looking to snap a two-game skid after coming up painfully short to the Raptors in a 124-121 road defeat on Monday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Caris LeVert led the team in scoring with 31 points on 12 of 20 shooting off the bench while Isaac Okoro and Jarrett Allen scored 16 points apiece. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field and 12 of 36 from the 3-point line as they got off to a slow start and had to work their way back from a 19-point deficit, but they went cold and scored just three points in the final 1:44 to allow the Raptors off the hook in the end.

Cleveland Cavaliers Player Facts

  • Donovan Mitchell ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.9) this season.
  • Jarrett Allen ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for FG% (67.1%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Cavaliers rank 27th in the league for free throws made per game this season (15.9).
  • The Cavaliers rank 27th in the league for free throw attempts per game this season (20.7).
  • The Wizards rank 30th in the league for opponent points per game this season (126.2).
  • The Wizards rank 30th in the league for opponent assists per game this season (30.3).

Wizards vs Cavs Prediction

The Wizards could be shorthanded again with Danilo Gallinari listed as questionable, while the Cavaliers are still missing Darius Garland, Ty Jerome and Evan Mobley. The Wizards have are still in a slump, but they were more than competitive in their narrow loss to the Hawks on Sunday, while the Cavaliers have cooled off with a couple of losses in a row. The Cavaliers will be disappointed with their latest loss, but I think they bounce back with an easy win at home against this slumping Wizards outfit.

Peter’s Pick Cleveland -9.5

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