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Wizards vs. Cavaliers preview: Washington hosts Cleveland in nationally televised match

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The Wizards will play the Cavaliers which we can watch on ESPN. This may very well be the only nationally televised game fans can watch all season.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Wizards will look to get back in the win column on Friday evening as they take on another team picked to finish towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference - the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Game Info

When: Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

How to watch: ESPN (Not a typo! This is a NATIONALLY TELEVISED GAME!) If you want to watch the local team, you still can on NBC Sports Washington.

Injury Report

Wizards: Ian Mahinmi (Achilles, Out), John Wall (Achilles, Out)

Cavaliers: John Henson (Hamstring, Day-to-Day), Ante Zizic (Foot, Out), Dylan Windler (Lower Leg, Day-to-Day)

Pregame Notes

Defense... Defense?

Expect a high scoring game on Friday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers are equally as poor on the defensive end as the Wizards. Both teams rank in the bottom third of the league as far as opponents points per game go in addition to defensive rating.

This game will likely look a whole lot similar to that of one at your local park as defense will be an afterthought. Don’t be surprised if this turns into a “first team to string two stops together will win” type of game.

Will Rui Hachimura snap out of his mini slump?

After looking like a seasoned veteran over the first four games of the season, Hachimura is looked like, well, a rookie since the calendar flipped to November. The rookie was only able to muster up four points in a blowout loss to the Timberwolves this past Saturday and was held scoreless for the first time in his career against the Pacers.

For the first time all season, Hachimura looked a little hesitant on the offensive end against Indiana. There were two instances where the rookie was open for three but rather than letting it fly, opted to take one dribble and pull-up for a long two. Clearly three-point shooting is still a little out of his comfort zone. Hachimura should have plenty of opportunities to take a few threes against Cleveland’s poor defense. Will he let it fly or continue overthink things just a tad too much?

Random moment in Wizards-Cavaliers history:

Even in a loss, who can forget about the 2017 overtime showdown which turned out to be arguably as exciting as any playoff game?