Mar 3, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) passes the ball defended by Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Cavaliers 101 - 98. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Preseason 2013: Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Preview (Key Match Up, Notes, and Prediction)

The Wizards dropped another preseason came after falling short of a comeback against the Detroit Pistons last night, but they’ll turn right around tonight to meet the Kyrie Irving-led Cleveland Cavaliers in Cincinatti at 7:00 PM. Tonight’s game WILL be televised on FOX Sports Ohio and NBA League Pass.

Key Match Up:

Both John Wall and Kyrie Irving are two of the most dynamic point guards in the NBA, and it doesn’t hurt that they were chosen first overall in the NBA Draft during their respective years. There’s been much debate about which point guard has accomplished more during their young careers, but due to various unfortunate injuries, we haven’t seen nearly enough games between the two superstar guards. John Wall has won both of their prior match ups during the regular season, averaging nearly 23 points and 9 assists per game against the Duke alumni.

Although Irving has a more polished offensive game than Wall, both guys are absolutely terrific at what they do. Even though it’s just a preseason match up, and given that it’s Washington’s last exhibition game before October 30th, I don’t expect them to see much time against each other. How will Irving deal with John Wall’s size and quickness? Will Wall be able to contain Irving’s scoring? Those are the two questions we’ll focus on after the game.


  • As I noted before, tonight’s game WILL be televised on FOX Sports Ohio and NBA League Pass
  • Besides the usually, the Wizards are expected to have everyone ready to go tonight. I wouldn’t be surprised if Wittman opts to rest some of the veterans though.
  • Tyler Zeller and Andrew Bynum are both out tonight.

Quick Prediction:

The Cavaliers, like the Wizards, are going to rely a lot on their front court’s health for success this upcoming season. Both Anderson Varejao and Andrew Bynum have been injury prone their entire careers, and without them in the lineup, the Cavaliers would have to rely on Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller to pick up the slack. Fortunately for Cleveland, their back court could be just as good as Washington’s with Irving and Dion Waiters.

Washington has a tendency to look lethargic against weaker opponents, but they’ll definitely get up for tonight’s game against Cleveland. Both teams are desperately trying to make the post season, and this could turn into a great test for the two improved teams. With that said, I think the Wizards will finish their preseason on a high note with a victory.

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