Cavaliers at Wizards Preview

Cavaliers ( 32-22) @ Wizards (33-21)

Coming off the NBA’s longest All-Star break, the Cavaliers look to pick up where they ended last time they played the Wizards. The Wizards look to include new player Ramon Sessions into their game plan. The Cavaliers and Wizards match ups this year have featured each team being blown out. First game, the Cavaliers lost 91-78 and then won the next game against Washington 113-87. Both games that the Cavaliers and Wizards faced each other, shooting guard Bradley Beal was present for the Wizards. Losing Beal for Friday’s contest will prove to be detrimental for the Wiz. After tonight, the Cavaliers and Wizards will play each other in the season finale on April 15th.

Here are some things you need to know before watching:

Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards – Verizon Center

Game start: 8:00 P.M. National TV- ESPN. Cavs TV- Fox Sports Ohio. Wizards TV- CSN

Projected Starting Lineups

Cavaliers:

PG: Kyrie Irving: 21.7 PPG, 5.3 APG, 3.3 RPG, 46.6 % FG

SG: J.R. Smith: 11.7 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.7 RPG, 40.6 % FG

SF: LeBron James: 25.9 PPG, 7.3 APG, 5.6 RPG, 48.9 % FG

PF: Kevin Love: 17.0 PPG, 2.3 APG, 10.4 RPG, 42.9 % FG

C: Timofey Mozgov: 9.3 PPG, 0.5 APG, 8.1 RPG, 53.6 % FG

Wizards:

PG: John Wall: 17.4 PPG, 10.4 APG, 4.5 RPG, 46.0 % FG

SG: Otto Porter Jr.: 5.6 PPG, 0.9 APG, 2.8 RPG, 46.0 % FG

SF: Paul Pierce: 12.5 PPG, 2.0 APG, 4.3 RPG, 45.1 % FG

PF: Nene: 11.4 PPG, 2.0 APG, 5.0 RPG, 52.7 % FG

C: Marcin Gortat: 11.6 PPG, 1.1 APG, 8.1 RPG, 53.7 % FG

Matchup to watch for:

Always looked at as the “Cavaliers Killer,” Paul Pierce has taken his talents to Washington D.C. this season. LeBron and Paul Pierce have battled each other throughout their careers. Going back to the classic playoff duel between James and Pierce in the 2008 Eastern Conference Semi Finals, specifically Game 7. The rivalry only strengthened with James going to Miami. The two have battled through the years, although the rivalry has died down a bit since LeBron has returned to Cleveland. Pierce, no matter the age, has always had a handle on the Cavaliers whenever they have played each other whether it be regular season play or postseason action as well. James should have the advantage with the match up considering many thinking that Pierce is now “washed up”. Nonetheless, this should be a fantastic game.

Cavaliers:

  • Brendan Haywood: Day to Day
  • Anderson Varajao: Season
  • Kevin Love: Day to Day

Wizards:

  • Kris Humphries: Expected to play Friday
  • Bradley Beal: Out indefinitely

Game Notes

  • 3rd game between the Wiz and Cavs.
  • Bradley Beal still out for Wizards.
  • Newly acquired point guard Ramon Sessions questionable to play Friday.
  • Cavaliers 8-2 in last 10.
  • Wizards 4-6 in last 10.

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