GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Wizards

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Game Summary

After the Wine and Gold defeated the Washington Wizards 103-96 in overtime in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, the two teams will square off once again, this time at Quicken Loans Arena where the Cavs are 3-1 this season. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

In Saturday’s victory at the Verizon Center, the Cavs held the Wizards to .398 (37-93) shooting from the field, including .240 (6-25) from beyond-the-arc. Cleveland (4-7) overcame an early 15-point deficit and set season highs in fast break points (22) and free throw percentage (.955, 21-22).

Washington (3-7) snapped a four-game losing streak after defeating the Timberwolves 104-100 in Minnesota last night.

Bradley Beal had 25 points, 17 in the second half, while John Wall chipped in 14 points and tied a career-high with 16 assists to lead the Wizards to victory.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - CJ Miles, SF - Earl Clark
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Andrew Bynum

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

Injuries: (Cavs) - Tyler Zeller, (Sprained Right Ankle, Out)

(Wizards) - Otto Porter, (Right Hip Flexor, Out), Chris Singleton, (Jones Fracture Left Foot, Out), Trevor Ariza, (Strained Right Hamstring, Questionable)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavs have won four straight games over the Wizards, which includes two wins at The Q.

Cleveland is 93-103 all-time against Washington including a 59-38 record while playing in their own arena (33-64 Road).

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Defensive Intensity

Cleveland has held opponents to under .420 shooting from the field in three of the last four games. Over the past two contests, opponents are shooting a combined .399 (69-173) from the field against Cleveland.

Furthermore, the Cavs are allowing .439 shooting (10th in NBA), while swiping 9.4 steals per game (7th in NBA) and blocking 5.2 shots per game (10th in NBA) on the season.

Key Matchup

Bench Battle

Washington comes into tonight's contest on the heels of a back-to-back and will rely heavily on their bench to provide their starters some rest.

The Cavs bench outscored Washington’s reserves 22-9 on Saturday, led by Jarrett Jack’s 13 points, a season-high five rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes. Matthew Dellavedova pulled down a career-high six rebounds and played 31 minutes, including the entire fourth quarter and overtime at Washington.

Earl Clark shot a perfect 3-3 from the three-point line in the fourth quarter in the win over Washington and finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes. Over the past two games, Clark is averaging 13.0 points on .769 (10-13) shooting from the field, including .857 (6-7) from the three-point line, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocks in 28.5 minutes.

On the season, the Cavs bench is averaging 30.9 points, outscoring the opponent’s bench in nine of 11 games.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio, XM & Sirius 218

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.

Be sure to check for Joe Gabriele's live in-game blog providing instant analysis and game notes. Plus, get into the discussion as die-hard Cavs fans talk about the game on CavFanatic's GameDay Thread.

Programming Note

Tonight, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Cavs – Wizards game (7:00 p.m.) and the Blue Jackets – Flames game (10:00 p.m.). Please refer to these programming details by clicking here.

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On Deck

After tonight's game, the Cavs head back onto the road for back-to-back games against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, November 22nd and San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, November 23rd.