The Wizards are on a seven-game win streak and are coming off a 129-109 win over OKC Thunder in their last outing. They may not qualify directly for the playoffs, but the Washington Wizards have a shot at the postseason through the play-in tournament.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 102-108 against the Charlotte Hornets in their last game. With a 21-38 record on the season, the Cavaliers are 13th in the East and are not in the postseason reckoning at the moment.
Fixture: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards | NBA Season 2020-21
Date & Time: Sunday, April 25th, 2021; 7 PM ET (Monday, 26th April; 04:30 AM IST).
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.
Cleveland Cavaliers Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers are third-bottom in the Eastern Conference standings and do not have much going for them either defensively or offensively. The Cavaliers' offensive unit is ranked 28th in the league (106 rating).
Darius Garland (17.6 points) and Jarret Allen (13.4 points) have been significant contributors to the Cavaliers' offense. Thanks to Allen's efforts in grabbing boards, the team is ranked eighth in offensive rating in the league this season, tallying 10.4 offensive rebounds per game.
Key Player - Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard has been a standout performer for the team this season, averaging 24.5 points, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
His contributions have led the Cavaliers to a 4-6 record in their last ten games. But they are not yet in postseason reckoning with only 13 games left to play in the regular season.
Collin Sexton recorded his career-high points (42) this season in a win against the Brooklyn Nets. Despite playing a different role, the 22-year-old is having the best season of his career.
Cleveland Cavaliers Predicted Lineup
Point Guard - Darius Garland | Shooting Guard - Collin Sexton | Small Forward - Isaac Okoro | Power Forward - Kevin Love | Center - Jarret Allen.
Washington Wizards Preview
The Washington Wizards have a renewed energy about them as the end of the regular season approaches. With about a month to play, the Wizards have turned things around, going 9-1 in their last ten games. Thanks to their inspired recent form, they have climbed back to postseason reckoning.
The Washington Wizards are ranked tenth in the Eastern Conference and should feature in the play-in tournament if the regular season ends that way. The Wizards are ranked ninth in the league this season for most points per game (114.4).
Bradley Beal is leading the team in points (31.1) and is shooting 48.3% from the field. He was the leading scorer in the league this season before Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors put together an unbelievable scoring run to overtake him.
Key Player - Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is an explosive player and has continued to play at a high level this season. The guard has recorded his third triple-double in four seasons, averaging 21.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.9 assists per game.
In his last ten games, he has shot 47.6% from the field and is averaging 22.4 points. He is the only player averaging a triple-double this season.
Washington Wizards Predicted Lineup
Point Guard - Russell Westbrook | Shooting Guard - Rauk Neto | Small Forward - Bradley Beal | Power Forward - Davis Bertans | Center - Alex Len.
Cavaliers vs Wizards Match Prediction
The Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers will square off for the first time this season. Based on the current form of both teams, the Washington Wizards are expected to win this game.
The Washington Wizards are ranked first for pace in the league, and with the Cavaliers ranked 20th in defense, the former are expected to emerge victorious. With Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook in top form, this should be a fairly comfortable win for the Washington Wizards.
Where to watch Cavaliers vs Wizards?
The game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards will be shown live on NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports Bay Area & California. The game can also be live-streamed with an NBA League Pass.