Depleted Cavaliers Road Underdogs Against Struggling Wizards

  • Despite their recent struggles, the Washington Wizards see -165 odds to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers at home.
  • Cleveland sees both their starting guards out with Ricky Rubio done for the season due to injury and Darius Garland out due to health and safety protocols.

WASHINGTON – The Washington Wizards are 3.5-point home favorites against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Washington has struggled in recent games, going 3-7 overall and 3-6-1 against the spread.

Cleveland has played well, going 7-3 overall and 8-2 against the spread but is dealing with a depleted roster, hence why betting sites are giving the edge to Washington.

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. Washington Wizards Odds

  • Cavaliers Moneyline: +140
  • Wizards Moneyline: -165
  • Spread: Wizards -3.5
  • Totals: O/U 210

The Cavs will be without their backcourt of Ricky Rubio and Darius Garland as Rubio is done for the season with a torn ACL, and Garland is out due to health and safety protocols.

In fact, the Cavs have eight total players out right now with injury and COVID-19 contact tracing, meaning they will be facing the Wizards without a bulk of their team.

Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries

  • Dylan Windler
  • Lamar Stevens
  • Jarrett Allen
  • Ricky Rubio
  • Darius Garland
  • Cedi Osman
  • Ed Davis
  • Collin Sexton

These injuries have already shown to be affecting the Cavs as they recently lost on the road to the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that is 13-22 on the season and was 6-9 at home before the game.

The Cavs normally average 107.8 PPG and allow opponents just 101.6 PPG, the second-best in the league. Cleveland beat the Toronto Raptors by 45 points before they started losing players to injury and COVID-19.

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The Cavs win Margin has dropped from +6.3 to -4 in that stretch, showing that the team is clearly struggling with the depleted roster.

Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards are coming off of consecutive losses to the Miami Heat on the road and the Philadelphia 76ers at home.

The Wizards average 106 PPG and allow opponents 109 PPG. Their scoring output increases at home, bumping to 108.4, however, and the Wizards are above .500 when at home.

With Cleveland being undermanned, it’s understandable why NBA sportsbooks will be leaning in favor of Washington. However, due to the Wizards’ overall struggles, this might be a great game for longshot betting fans to capitalize on.

Things tip-off at 7 p.m. EST on NBC Sports.