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Wizards vs. Cavaliers preview: Washington plays Cleveland to clinch play-in berth

The Wiz handled the Cavs recently. Can they do it again?

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The Wizards need just one win over the lowly Cavaliers to clinch a Play-In spot. Read all about the format of the Play-In Tournament here and about various seeding scenarios here and here.

Game Info

When: Friday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena, D.C.

How to watch: LeaguePass

Injury Report

Wizards: Bradley Beal (Day-to-Day), Thomas Bryant, Deni Avdija (Out)

Cavaliers: Isaiah Hartenstein, Lamar Stevens, Darius Garland, Cedi Osman (Out).

Pre-game notes

The Wizards get an easy feel good game to clinch — The Wizards had two really tough games against the Hawks, and both went down to the wire. This should be an easy feel good blowout allowing Russ to get some rest (and I’d be surprised if Beal actually suits up).

Yes, I realize the Cavaliers just beat the Celtics, but... — Something isn’t going well with the Celtics. There are some team/coach chemistry issues on full display there. Also, they probably came into the Cavs game expecting it to be a giveaway. The Wizards seem to be playing good basketball recently and I think this will be an easy win. Besides, the tanking Cavs lost 11 in a row just before that win against the Celtics... and the Cavs can’t afford to string together another win given their lottery aspirations. Regardsless, expect Brooks to deploy Russ and all available weaponry for heavy minutes as he desperately clings on to some hope for a contract extension.

Flashback: A couple weeks ago

The NBA could have easily made this a 58 game season. To wit, why do we need to see the Wizards play the Cavaliers for the third time in 19 days?! Well,here are the highlights from the April 25 game that was also held in D.C.: