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Cavaliers vs. Wizards odds, line, start time: 2023 NBA picks, Mar. 17 predictions from proven computer model

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The Cleveland Cavaliers (44-28) will try to maintain their lead over New York for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings when they face the Washington Wizards (32-32) on Friday night. Cleveland had won five out of six games prior to its 118-109 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday. Washington is a half-game ahead of Indiana for the final spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.  

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Cleveland is favored by 5.5 points in the latest Cavaliers vs. Wizards odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 219.5. Before entering any Wizards vs. Cavaliers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four-plus seasons. The model enters Week 22 of the 2022-23 NBA season a stunning 64-33 on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning nearly $2,700. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Cavaliers vs. Wizards. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Cavs vs. Wizards:

  • Cavaliers vs. Wizards spread: Cavaliers -5.5
  • Cavaliers vs. Wizards over/under: 219.5 points
  • Cavaliers vs. Wizards money line: Cleveland -225, Washington +185
  • Cavaliers vs. Wizards picks: See picks here

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Why the Cavaliers can cover

Cleveland is coming off a tough loss to Philadelphia, as the 76ers won the fourth quarter by a 34-26 tally. Cavaliers center Evan Mobley posted a double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, while shooting guard Caris LeVert scored 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting off the bench. The Cavs are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings and are 2.5 games ahead of New York, so they will want to maintain that advantage. 

The Cavaliers have already notched a pair of wins over Washington this season, cruising to a 114-91 win at Washington on Feb. 6. All five of their starters were in double figures by halftime,…

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