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#CavsWizards Game Preview

Capital One Arena at 7PM (ET) | FOX Sports Ohio | WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

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The Wine & Gold tipoff their weekend back-to-back on Friday night when they take on the Washington Wizards in our nation's capital. Tipoff from Capital One Arena is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (ET).

As the Cavs get back on the road, they'll be looking to snap a two-game skid after falling to the Mavs and Celtics in recent contests. Despite the losses, the Wine & Gold played have played competitively as of late.

Against the Celtics, the Cavaliers grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and had a 22-4 advantage in second chance points. Over the last three games (since January 29), the Cavs have outscored their opponents 14.0 (42) to 3.3 (10) in second chance points. This season, the Cavs have recorded 20+ second chance points seven times and grabbed double-digit offensive rebounds on 32 occasions.

The Cavs also shot .875 (7-8) from the free throw line versus the Celtics and have shot at least .800 from the charity stripe in 26 games this season.

Cleveland's biggest standout against Boston was undoubtedly Collin Sexton who had his ninth outing with at least 20 points this season after tallying a game-high 27 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 42 minutes. The Young Bull has now scored in double figures 46 times this season, the second-most among all NBA rookies (Luka Doncic-47).

Larry Nance Jr. also had a good game against the Celtics recording his third consecutive double-double (ninth of the season) with 11 points on 5-8 (.625) shooting, a game-high tying 12 rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes off the bench. His three straight double-doubles ties his career-best streak, which he has accomplished two other times.

Ante Zizic fell just shy of a double-double with eight points and a game-high tying 12 rebounds in 23 minutes against the Celtics. Since January 16 (10 games), Zizic is averaging 13.3 points on .550 shooting from the field and 9.4 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per contest.

As the Wine & Gold look to rebound against the Wizards, Washington enters the game with three straight losses The Wizards have allowed their opponents to score an average of 138.6 ppg over that stretch.

In their most recent defeat, a 148-129 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday, the Wiz had two 20+ scoring performances by Thomas Bryant (26) and Jeff Green (22) as well as a 30-point performance from 2019 All-Star selection, Bradley Beal. Sam Dekker rounded out Washington's double-digit scoring performances with 12 off the bench.

Friday's game between the Wizards and Cavaliers will be the fourth and final time the two teams meet this season.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Tune in for Cavaliers LIVE on FSO for pre-and-postgame coverage starting 30 minutes prior to tipoff and immediately following the conclusion of the game.

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

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


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#2 - Collin Sexton

TBD

#32 - Deng Adel

#12 - David Nwaba

#41 - Ante Zizic

#3 - Bradley Beal

#31 - Tomas Satoransky

#1 - Trevor Ariza

#32 - Jeff Green

#13 - Thomas Bryant

Status Update: (Cavs) - Kevin Love (Left Foot Surgery, Questionable), John Henson (Left Wrist Surgery, Out), Cedi Osman (Right Ankle Sprain, Out), Tristan Thompson (Left Foot Soreness, Out), JR Smith (NWT)

Status Update: (Wizards) - Dwight Howard (L4-L5 Lumbar Microdiscectomy Procedure, Out), John Wall (Left Achilles Tendon Tear, Out), Troy Brown Jr. (Left Ankle Sprain, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

As the Cavs and Wizards gear up for their final meeting of this campaign, Cleveland will look to snag their third win of the season over Washington. If they win, it will be the third straight season the Wine & Gold have won their series between the two teams.

In their most recent pair of meetings versus the Wizards (both wins), the Cavs’ offense is averaging 116.0 points (.532 FG%), 28.0 assists (12.5 TOs) and 15.0 three-pointers per game (30-65, 462 3FG%).

When the two teams met last month on January 29, the Cavs picked up a 116-113 victory after shooting 45-84 (.536) from the field, including 15-34 (.441) from three-point territory, and having six players score in double figures. Cleveland also dished out a season-high 30 assists on 45 field goals, outrebounded the Wizards 48-36 and had a 12-0 edge in second chance points. It was the first time this season the Wine & Gold held an opponent to zero second chance points.


On Deck

Following Friday's game against the Wizards, the Cavs head straight to the Hoosier State to battle the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night in Indy. The Wine & Gold return to Cleveland on Monday as they host the New York Knicks in the first of a five-game homestand. The Cavs will then play the Brooklyn Nets before the All-Star Break begins and will round out their homestand with games against the Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers.

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#CavsWizards Postgame: Marquese Chriss

Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss spoke with the media following Friday's loss to the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.

Cavaliers at Wizards - February 8, 2019

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#CavsWizards Postgame: Marquese Chriss

Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss spoke with the media following Friday's loss to the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.
Feb 8, 2019  |  02:03

#CavsWizards Postgame: Deng Adel

Cavaliers guard Deng Adel spoke with the media following Friday's loss to the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:56

#CavsWizards Postgame: Kevin Love

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Friday's loss to the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.
Feb 8, 2019  |  03:03

#CavsWizards Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Friday's loss to the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.
Feb 8, 2019  |  01:49

#CavsWizards Postgame: Coach Drew

Cavaliers Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media following Friday's loss to the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.
Feb 8, 2019  |  04:04

GAME RECAP: Wizards 119, Cavaliers 106

Bobby Portis heats up for 30 points as the Wizards take care of the Cavaliers, 119-106.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:00

Highlights: Collin Sexton | Cavaliers vs. Wizards

Collin Sexton heats up for 27 points as the Cavaliers lose to the Wizards.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:00

Featured Highlight: Chriss Slams the High-Handoff

Jordan Clarkson throws the perfect lob pass to Marquese Chriss who throws the hammer down.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:10

Nance Jr. Throws the Hammer Down

Multiple efforts by Larry Nance Jr. results in an emphatic finish at the rim.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:13

Sexton Drops Dime to Zizic

Collin Sexton draws the defense to him and drops off the pretty dish to Ante Zizic for the slam.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:13

Nance Jr. Goes Coast-to-Coast

Larry Nance Jr. snatches the rebound and starts his own fastbreak resulting in a finger roll finish.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:15

Clarkson with the Hoop and the Harm

Jordan Clarkson takes it strong into the paint and gets the bucket to fall, plus the foul.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:17

Chriss with the Two-Hand Flush

Collin Sexton throws it ahead to Marquese Chriss for the easy slam in transition.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:07

Nwaba Slams it Home

Matthew Dellavedova spots a cutting David Nwaba who deposits the dunk.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:17

Delly Dimes Zizic for Two

Matthew Dellavedova and Ante Zizic work the two-man game as Delly dimes Big Z for the layup in this ‘More Driven Highlight’ driven by Goodyear.
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Marquese Chriss' First Points as a Cav

Marquese Chriss sees his first action as a member of the Wine & Gold and knocks down a triple for his first points as a Cavalier.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:10

KLove's First Bucket Back

A welcome site for Cavs fans as Kevin Love muscles his way into the paint and gets the bucket to fall for his first field goal back since late October.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:14

Nwaba Skies High for the Putback

David Nwaba crashes the offensive glass and skies high for the putback finish.
Feb 8, 2019  |  00:08

Brandon Knight Excited to be a Cav

Brandon Knight speaks with the media for the first time as a member of the Wine & Gold pregame at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC.
Feb 8, 2019  |  02:26

Marquese Chriss on Joining the Wine & Gold

Newly acquired big man, Marquese Chriss, speaks with the media pregame at Capital One Arena about joining the Wine & Gold.
Feb 8, 2019  |  02:05

#CavsWizards Shootaround: Kevin Love

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with the media prior to Friday's shootaround at Capital One Arena as the Wine & Gold prep for the Washington Wizards.
Feb 8, 2019  |  05:22

#CavsWizards Shootaround: Coach Drew

Cavaliers Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media prior to Friday's shootaround at Capital One Arena as the Wine & Gold prep for the Washington Wizards.
Feb 8, 2019  |  05:38
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