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Game preview: Washington Wizards @ Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers four game home stand will come to an end tonight, as they take on the Washington Wizards. Tipoff is set 8 p.m. Eastern on TNT.

This is a crucial game yet again for the Cavs as they are now tied with the red hot Philadelphia 76ers for third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs are 3-0 on this four game home stand and have won four straight.

The Cavs will be playing in Philadelphia tomorrow night in a crucial game that will decide who most likely will get the third seed in the East.

Good news for Cleveland: Head coach Ty Lue will be back coaching tonight. Acting head coach Larry Drew did very well in Lue’s absence.

The Cavs are 2-1 against the Wizards this season.

Here are some notes from the game notes.

  • The Cavaliers hold a 9-1 record in their last 10 overall games (since March 17) and have won 7 in a row at The Q.
  • During their 7-game home win streak, the Cavs are averaging 115.0 points (.493 FG%, .412 3FG%, .806 FT%) and 23.6 assists. They have also won by an average of 11.3 points (115.0-103.7) and outrebounded their opponents by 7.6 boards (45.6-38.0) during that span. Cleveland has allowed just 7.7 fast break points, holding five of their last seven opponents at The Q to 8 transition points or less.
  • Against the Wizards, Cleveland is 9-4 in the last 13 matchups, which includes a 2-1 mark this season. In the three contests versus Washington in 2017-18, the Cavs have averaged 113.0 points on .510 shooting from the field.
  • Tonight, LeBron James (428 30-pt games) can tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (429 30-pt games) for the 5th-most 30- point games in NBA history. James (1,861 STL, 30,925 PTS) is also 1 steal away from passing Isiah Thomas (1,861 STL) for sole possession of 16th place on the NBA’s all-time steals list and 75 points shy of 31,000 for his career. Larry Nance Jr. (97 BLK) is 3 blocks away from the 100-mark and Kyle Korver (10,947 PTS) needs 53 points to reach 11,000 for his career.
  • LeBron James is averaging a triple-double in his 3 games against the Wizards this season with 36.3 points (.587 FG%), 10.3 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 block in 40.3 minutes. On the season, James has posted career highs in double-doubles (49), triple-doubles (17), rebounds per game (8.7) and assists per game (9.1), while adding 27.4 points (3rd in NBA), a .542 mark from the field, 1.44 steals and 0.90 blocks in 37.1 minutes. In Tuesday’s win over Toronto, James (27 PTS, 10 REB, 6 AST) posted his 942nd career game with at least 20 points, passing Kobe Bryant (941) for the 3rd-most 20-point outings in NBA history. He now only trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,122) and Karl Malone (1,134).

Here are the probable starters and also injuries via game preview and also via Twitter.

Washington Wizards (42-36)

(G) John Wall, (G) Bradley Beal, (F) Otto Porter Jr., (F) Markieff Morris, (C) Marcin Gortat.

Injuries — None.

(G) Cedi Osman, (G) Rodney Hood, (F) LeBron James, (F) Jeff Green, (C) Kevin Love.

Injuries — Jose Calderon (OUT) and George Hill (OUT).

The Cavs have not played a single game this season with a roster that is fully healthy.

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