Neither the Cleveland Cavaliers or Washington Wizards are particularly setting the NBA alight this season having both lost six of their last eight games, and both go into the game on November 16 desperate for a win.
The Cavaliers will be buoyed by the return of Center, Andrew Bynum who is expected to take to the court after being excused from the midweek games to address a family matter. After gaining 37 points in his short spell so far this season, it will be a welcome return to a Cleveland side, who have struggled to score points on the road this season.
The two-time NBA Champion signed for the franchise in the off season after a turbulent season with knee problems in the previous campaign. He will join Kyrie Erving in a team that has been struggling to get big scores this season. Erving has been the stand-out player for the Cavs with a points per game average of 19.4 whilst also leading the assists table.
It’s been a troublesome month for Cleveland so far but they have managed to take some impressive scalps in the Sixers and Timberwolves, who are hitting some big scores this autumn.
Washington however, lie at the foot of the Southeast division having lost their last three against tough opposition. Their last win came on November 8 against fellow strugglers the Nets, taking them into overtime following a thrilling 26-26 final quarter. Taking Kevin Durant’s City Thunder into overtime two days later, it’s where their slump in form began. Durant pulverized the Wizards with a stunning 33 points and 13 rebounds on their way to victory and has left the Southeast side unable to recover. Games against the Spurs on Wednesday and the Mavericks the day before saw them easily beaten, and they will be hoping the Cavs visit may be a little easier on them.
Tipped to be one that could go either way in the NBA this weekend, the Washington Wizards will look to bounce back from their tough games in the early part of the season. Head-to-head it’s pretty even between the two, with the Wizards comfortably disposing of them preseason but having lost the last three in the NBA regular season.