It’s not often that a round of golf overshadows an NBA slate, but I have a feeling that is the case today … and tomorrow … and Saturday. The NBA smartly scheduled just one game Sunday, and I have a feeling that the only people watching will be the players’ parents.
That doesn’t mean we’re going to leave you in the dark, though. Nosirree. We have you covered for the next three days. You’re out of luck Sunday, though … — Mark Gallant
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WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (-5.5) | O/U: 218
8 p.m. ET
Metrics to know: John Wall has played two games since returning from a two-month injury, and he’s hit the ground running, at least in terms of playing time and usage. In those games, he’s played 33 minutes in each and used 35.1% and 36.0% of the Wizards’ possessions while on the floor. His on/off court differential marks are less stark this season offensively — the Wizards were 10.9 points per 100 possessions worse with him off the floor last year; they’re 3.8/100 worse this season — mostly due to the solid play of backup Tomas Satoransky. Still, his overall absence has been felt, as the Wiz have taken a sizable hit on the defense end with Wall out and Sato in. The main unit with Wall and Kelly Oubre at the four instead of Markieff Morris continues to roll teams, posting a +18.5 point differential and stellar 95.5 Defensive Rating. The Wizards will get a nice test tonight against the Cavaliers before the playoffs come around. — Bryan Mears