GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Wizards

Anderson Varejao

Game Summary

The Wine and Gold will wrap up their five-game Ohio homestand tonight when they take on the Washington Wizards at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Cavs are coming off a 104-93 victory over Philadelphia on Monday at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus. In that contest, the Wine and Gold held the Sixers to 31-88 (.352) shooting on the night. That number marked the third time this preseason Cleveland has held an opponent to under .400 shooting from the field (10/8 vs. MIL and 10/17 vs. DET).

Washington comes into tonight's contest with an 1-5 record after losing to the Pistons, 99-96, last night in Detroit.

Bradley Beal led the team with 17 points, Nene added 15, while Kevin Seraphin finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

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Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Jarrett Jack, SG - Kyrie Irving, SF - Earl Clark
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Anderson Varejao

Wizards: PG - John Wall, SG - Bradley Beal, SF - Trevor Ariza
PF - Trevor Booker, C - Nene

Injuries: (Cavs) - Tyler Zeller, (Appendectomy, Out), Andrew Bynum, (Right Knee Surgery, Out), Carrick Felix, (Mild Sports Hernia, Out), Sergey Karasev, (Sprained Left Ankle, Out), C.J. Miles, (Right Calf, Out), Dion Waiters, (Left Ankle, Out)

(Wizards) - Emeka Okafor, (Herniated Disc Neck, Out), Otto Porter, (Right Hip Flexor, Out), Chris Singleton, (Jones Fracture Left Foot, Out)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

Cleveland is 92-103 all-time against Washington including a 59-38 record while playing in their own arena (32-64 Road).

In the 2012-13 regular season series between these two teams, the Cavs won all three games, making it the first time Cleveland went undefeated against Washington in the regular season since 1991-92 (4-0).

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Ball Movement

So far this preseason, the Wine and Gold have done a great job of moving the basketball, and as a result, have enjoyed a balanced scoring attack.

Through five preseason games, the Cavs have five players averaging double figures in scoring: Kyrie Irving (15.5), C.J. Miles (12.0), Dion Waiters (12.0), Tristan Thompson (12.0) and Anthony Bennett (10.3).

In their last game on Monday, Cleveland had 30 assists on 38 made field goals.

Key Matchup

Backcourt Battle

Perhaps Washington's biggest strength is their backcourt tandem of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

This preseason, Beal is leading the team in scoring at 20.7 points while shooting .511 from the field. Setting the table for Beal, Wall has dished out a team-high 6.7 assists to go along with 12.2 points per game.

he Wine and Gold have also received solid play from their backcourt this preseason at both ends of the floor. As mentioned, Irving, Waiters and Miles are all averaging double figures in scoring and reserves Matthew Dellavedova and Jermaine Taylor have provided a spark off the bench.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: Fox Sports Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio

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On Deck

Cleveland concludes their 2013 Preseason in Charlotte on Thursday and will open the 2013-14 NBA regular season against the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 30 at The Q.