Cleveland has been one of the worst NBA betting online commodities on the board this season. LeBron James and two straight Finals appearances have made them far too public. After gushing red ink all year, the Cavs have finally shown improved value recently. But questions about their championship viability remain. Conversely the Washington Wizards are in a slump vs. the odds. Despite the downturn they lead the mediocre Southeast Division standings. Washington is not expected to make a deep playoff run. Mediocre metrics are indicative of a team lacking depth.
Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Date and Time: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Wizards||+6 (-110)||218 (-110)|
|Cavaliers||-6 (-110)||218 (-110)|
Wizards vs. Cavaliers TV Coverage: TNT
Although they are making money now Cleveland has bled red at home. Few teams have provided worse NBA betting online on their home court. But recently the Cavs have paid in six consecutive home games. Overall, they have gotten the money in eight of their last nine. Cleveland has gone under the total in six of their last seven. Scoring offense is a Cavs strength with a ranking of fifth in the NBA. Offsetting that has been a defense ranked 25th in the Association.
Washington has trended strongly under the total in away games this year. Recently the Wizards have gone over the total in just two of their last eight games. Value wise they are dropping like a rock with just two payoffs in those eight tilts. Mediocre metrics offer a tell. Washington ranks 13th in the NBA for scoring offense. Defensively they rank 14th. Washington epitomizes a pretender.
Big names on Court
LeBron James remains the aptly named King. He leads the Cavs with 27 points, nine assists and nine rebounds per game. Cleveland center Kevin Love has returned to the lineup. It’s not accident betting value has improved with his return. Love is averaging 18 points and nine rebounds per game. It’s likely he was the key missing element for the Cavs early woes. Cleveland is once again a bona fide NBA Finals contender now that Love is back. Bradley Beal leads Washington with 23 points and five assists per game.
Team vs. Team
Head to head in this sportsbook series Cleveland has paid in five of the last seven meetings. Three of the last five between the Cavs and Wizards went over the total. Washington has had its best success at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs have lost six of their last eight vs. the odds at home to Washington. Eight of the last ten in this series went under the number at Cleveland.
Matchup to Watch
It has taken five months for Cleveland to finally bring NBA betting online value. But they are in good form now. Secondary scoring depth is the difference maker for the Cavs here. The return of Kevin Love is incalculable in their improvement vs. the betting line. Love’s absence demonstrated he is a Most Valuable Player in his own right. Without him the Cavaliers go nowhere in the playoffs.
Wizards vs. Cavaliers NBA games Betting Odds Picks
With more weapons on their side the Cleveland Cavaliers are the pick!
NBA Betting Online Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Cavaliers 112, Wizards 93
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