Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 11/3/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wade, now 35, is more of a role player for the Cavaliers after joining friend LeBron James following his Bulls buyout this offseason. "If you look at a year ago, people might say they did or didn't, but I think they didn't want the No. 1 seed for a reason because we would have played them in the second round", Wall said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (3-5) are now struggling out of the gate but will look to turn it around this Friday against the Washington Wizards (4-3) on a game that will be televised on ESPN.

Although, the Wizards didn't play like the best team against their loss to the Suns, where they gave up a 22-point lead, nor their loss against the Lakers, Beal still has confidence in his team. He's been shooting lights out, 51 percent from the three, and is also the Wizards' best defender.

Nichols then asked Wall to clarify if he thinks the Cavs avoided them to avoid playing them in the second round.

It's just the timing of the current slump and its severity - Cleveland lost its past three games by a combined 58 points - that is alarming. PF - Kelly Oubre Jr.

John Wall, who's part of the MVP conversation, is averaging 21.6 points per game.

Beal is a career 41.2 percent 3-point shooter against Cleveland and had a 41-point outburst last season.

Communication on the floor is their biggest issue. However, with the way that Porter has been playing, if he's open, he should take it. If the ball doesn't stick, the Cavaliers are a good offensive team, and James is the reason behind that. Especially, when they started off 2-8 last season, and ended up being only one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals. I've done it seven straight years, so I know how to get back into the flow of things. They were just 4-7 in their last 11 regular-season games prior to last postseason before reeling off 10 straight wins.

They are why things weren't supposed to be stale for the Cavs.

  • Rosalie Stanley