Wizards Set to Spin Some Cover Magic at Surging Cleveland

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Swinging Johnson

Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:27 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 1:27 PM UTC

The Wizards dribble into Cleveland on Thursday having won seven of their last nine, while the Cavaliers have reeled off four consecutive victories. Let's check out the NBA odds and break down this matchup.

Washington (33-24 SU, 27-30 ATS) at Cleveland (34-22 SU, 18-37-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Washington +6Best Line Offered: Bovada

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  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
  • Cleveland is 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
  • Cleveland is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Washington is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
  • Washington is 4-1 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.
  • Washington is 7-2 ATS in their last nine after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

The All-Star break is officially over and the pros are getting back to work. However, the Cavaliers have to be crossing their fingers that all that good mojo being felt in Cleveland since they dealt Isaiah Thomas, et al., will keep on keepin' on. LeBron James and Co. have won and covered the NBA odds in four straight, three without the services of 2017 All-Star Thomas, and in their last outing defeated the Thunder 120-112 in Oklahoma City as three-point dogs.

If you have been backing Washington in your NBA picks recently, then you have enjoyed watching the Wizards win and cover in seven of their last nine. Washington has played on the road six times over its last seven games, including tonight's affair. In their last two road tilts, the Wizards defeated the Bulls 101-90 as 5½-point road chalk and then delivered a 118-113 setback to the Knicks as 4½-point highway robbers.

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Bradley Beal on his All-Star experience, playing for #TeamLeBron, and the new look Cavs.#WizCavs pic.twitter.com/rGIA5JBtHj

— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 21, 2018

Cleveland, and in particular LeBron, has been buoyed by the addition by subtraction after Thomas (and others) was shipped out of town. The two soured on each other quickly after Thomas arrived in Cleveland from Boston and in a contest of "Quien es mas macho", the answer will always be LeBron wherever he calls home. However, all good things must come to an end, and although I too am intrigued by Cleveland's sudden surge of good vibrations I can't help but consider that the public has quite a bit to do with this line being inflated on the home team.

Let's not forget that the last time the Wizards faced the Cavs in Cleveland was 11 months ago when Washington claimed a 127-115 victory as six-point underdogs. Gee, that line looks familiar. Speaking of lines, it pays to shop around because as of this Thursday morning writing one of the few major online sportsbooks dealing Washington +6 is Bovada, while most of the others are offering Cleveland -5 or -5 ½. Let's grab all those points and back the Wizards while watching the squares send it in on the home chalk.

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