The Cleveland Cavaliers (42-17 SU, 25-31-3 ATS) are still the best team in the Eastern Conference. At press time, they’re –400 to win the East. But things haven’t gone very smoothly for the Cavs as of late. They’re 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five games, including a loss to the team they’ll face Friday night, the Washington Wizards. Tip-off is at 8 PM ET on ESPN.
This past Sunday, the Wizards beat Cleveland 113-99 as 3-point home dogs; the Cavs were favored by 6.5 points before LeBron James was given the day off to rest. James will presumably play in the rematch. Meanwhile, the word on the street is that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland, and that morale on the team is generally low.
Washington (29-30 SU, 31-28 ATS) is working its way back into playoff contention in the East after being hampered by injuries earlier this season. The Wiz are 8-4 SU and ATS over their past dozen games; new arrival Markieff Morris made his first start at power forward in Monday’s 116-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers (+13 away), putting up 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists with a pair of steals.