Washington Wizards @ Cleveland Cavaliers 1/3/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

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

Game Info: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2023 at  7 p.m. EST (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Cavs -9.5 (-110) - Over/Under (239.5)

Pick: Cavs -9.5 (-110)

Wednesday night takes us to Cleveland, Ohio or two teams on opposite ends of the Eastern Conference standings will face off here in this one. Washington and Cleveland both came into the season with expectations of making a potential playoff run with multiple superstars on their roster. However, that has not been the case for Washington throughout the early part of the season. Both of these teams will be looking for a solid early-season victory here in this game on Wednesday night as they look to get the momentum rolling heading into the early part of 2024.  This game has the potential to to be one of the closest games of the Wednesday night slate as both teams are dealing with injuries and will be missing some of their best players here in this one.

Washington was hoping when they acquired Jordan Poole from the Golden State Warriors over the off-season would give them their second superstar, and put them on a path to success. However, that has clearly not been the case as they have been one of the worst teams in the league this season, and they are looking to recover throughout the yearly part of January, and get themselves back to being competitive. A lengthy losing streak earlier on in the regular season put them near the bottom of the standings in the conference, and if the Detroit Pistons didn’t have a similar situation, Washington would likely be the worst team in the league this season. 

They will look to come into Cleveland here on Wednesday night and upset the Cavaliers on the road as Cleveland has been very tough to beat at home this season. Washington will need to play one of their best games of the season and they will need to get consistent play from their superstar players. Kyle Kuzma has been delivering in that department all season long, but the same can clearly not be said for Jordan Poole who struggled out of the gate at times this season. This is a game that feels like a must win game for Washington if they want to build any type of momentum throughout the regular season. They come into this game as losers of 26 out of their first 32 games on the year and unless they recover quickly they will be out of the playoff race by the All-Star break.

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Despite having to overcome several injuries throughout the early part of the regular season, Cleveland has put together a solid start of the year. They will look to keep the momentum rolling with a victory in this game on Wednesday night at home over Washington, as they look to take down one of the worst teams in the league this season. It would be a solid performance for Cleveland as it would give them their 19th victory of the year, despite being without Evan Mobley and Darius Garland over the last several weeks. Cleveland comes into this game, looking to defend their home court and pick up a much-needed victory as they look to get momentum, rolling throughout the early part of the year. 

They are currently clinging onto the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference , and a victory in this game would help move them back up the standings as they currently find themselves as nearly double digit favorites here on Wednesday night against Washington. They are currently stuck in a little bit of a slump as they have dropped back-to-back games to the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks and they will be looking to snap their losing streak with a win here in this game on Wednesday night against Washington. This is one of those games that you feel like Cleveland cannot afford to lose against a struggling Washington team and they will look to bring home the victory at home here in this one to grab their 19th victory of the season.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cleveland is 9-8 at home

- Washington is 3-15 on the road 

- Washington is 4-21 against the East

I expect this to be a competitive game throughout the majority of the contest, but in the end, I do look for the Cleveland Cavaliers to pull away and pick up the victory at home. As I look for Donovan Mitchell to take over in this game against Washington on Wednesday night and lead Cleveland to a much-needed victory early on in the regular season as they look to get 2024 off on a solid note. Not only do I look for Cleveland to pick up the victory in this game late, but I also expect them to cover the spread here in this game against Washington as well.

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