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Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers Preview

Wizards 22-32 vs Cavs 11-43

When: Friday, February 8th, at 7 p.m.

Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.

TV: NBCSWA, FSO / Radio: 1500 AM, WTAM 1100/ 100.7 WMMS/ 87.7 FM (ESP)

Injury

Wizards: Dwight Howard (Day to Day/ Back), John Wall (Out for the season/ Haglund’s deformity and chronic Achilles tendon injury),

Cavs: Cedi Osman (Out/ Ankle), Tristan Thompson (Out/ Foot), Kevin Love (Out/ Toe), John Henson (Out, Wrist)

Wizards –

113.4 – points per game

116.6 – points against

46.7 – Field goal %

Cavs –

102.4 – points per game

113.1 – points against

44.2 – field goal %

Keep an eye on:

Chemistry: It’s unclear if newly acquired Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis will play tonight, regardless, Washington will have to build a new chemistry moving forward. With Otto Porter Jr and Markieff Morris gone in trades to acquire Parker and Portis, other players will have to fill their void, and while doing so, show that they can be reliable on offense and defense. When Parker and Portis take the floor, I feel they are more than capable then adding a nice punch to the Wizards moving forward. Parker is a versatile, 6’8, athletic scoring forward who has been plagued by injuries. The 6’11 Portis, is an efficient big who can score from all three levels. Both are on expiring deals and should come in focused in the second half of the season ready to show and prove.

Collin Sexton: Cavs rookie Collin Sexton is starting to find his stride. Sexton, who is averaging 14.6 points, 3 rebounds and 2.8 assist,  is coming off an impressive showing against east contender Boston Celtics on Tuesday. Sexton posted 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assist in a loss to the Celtics. What’s more impressive is he performed this well against tough defenders in Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier. With Osman out, Hood Traded, Love still recovering from injury, the show is in Sexton’s hands. Satoransky and Chasson Randle will have to be on high alert to keep Sexton in check.

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