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The Wizards vs. Cavaliers game this Friday will be very important, more than you might think

For most teams, a game against a title contender would be “very important.” But for the Wizards, it’s an opportunity for them to show that they can defeat other teams that are projected to finish toward the bottom

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NBA: Preseason-Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers
The Washington Wizards host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Nov. 8.
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As we all know, the Washington Wizards are projected to be in the draft lottery. Since Washington has a 2-4 record, Though that prediction looks accurate as of now, the Wizards have played a top-heavy schedule to start the season.

Until later this week. On Friday, Nov. 8, they will host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Capital One Arena. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

We will still post a traditional preview on Thursday. But when it comes to getting tickets for the game, this is probably as good of a time as any. So here’s why this game is important.

The Wizards will (FINALLY) play another team that’s likely lottery-bound

According to FiveThirtyEight’s projections, the Cavaliers have just a 3 percent chance of making the NBA playoffs. The Wizards have a 22 percent chance, possibly fueled from their promising start.

Though this season is a rebuilding one, that doesn’t mean that the Wizards intend on losing every game. It’s also important to get a fair share of wins against other teams that are likely to be lottery-bound.

In short, this game will give us a better idea of where the Wizards stand within the NBA than other contests like when the play the Los Angeles Clippers.

This Wizards team has played with passion against every team so far. Why would it stop now?

In years past, a game against a potential lottery-bound opponent would mean “trap game.” We’ve seen this time and time again when the Wizards would beat an NBA title contender and follow that up with a blowout loss to a bottom-feeder.

This team feels a little different. Since Tommy Sheppard became the General Manager, the Wizards have played and looked like a nice unit together all things considered. And if they started the season with competitive games against five possibly playoff-bound Western Conference opponents, they should start seeing the wins come against lower-tier Eastern Conference ones.

The frontcourt battle should be intriguing!

There’s a positional thing at play as well. The Wizards’ young backcourt of Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant will go against their veteran Cleveland counterparts in Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.

Love and Thompson have carried the load for Cleveland this season, where they both average double-doubles in scoring and rebounding. Love’s rebounding is particularly strong where he is grabbing 15.3 rebounds per game.

Ticket prices should be reasonable

The secondary market for tickets is quite favorable to buyers right now, especially with the Cavaliers projected to be a lottery team. You can often buy a seat in the lower level for under $100 per seat, sometimes below $50.

Since inventory can change in real time, prices can move up or down by the time you buy tickets. Click on the link here to see what’s available for this Friday’s game.

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