Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers, October 13, 2012: Fan Preview

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The Cleveland Cavaliers come into this back-to-back preseason game still riding high off road win against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Rookie Dion Waiters who has struggled for much of summer league and during the preseason stepped up his game scoring 18 points to lead the Cavaliers to victory. 10 of Waiters' 18 points came in the fourth quarter as Cleveland was fighting to maintain their lead.

Even more impressive for the Cavaliers are they are averaging 10.0 steals per game and rank third overall in opponent field goal percentage at .378. Granted, preseason games and statistics mean very little but it gives fans a good look as to what to expect moving forward into the regular season.

Tonight's matchup should provide a solid opportunity for coach Byron Scott to get a better look at his bench. He opted to play his stronger players against Chicago to give them quality minutes on the floor. A less talented Wizards' squad should allow the lower reserves and "bubble" players a better opportunity to prove their worth as they fight to make the team. The Cavaliers still must cut three from the roster to reach the 15-player limit.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena located in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The standings:

Cleveland comes into the game having won their last game and with a 2-1 preseason record. They are 1-1 at home this preseason.

Washington enters the matchup with a 0-2 record this preseason. They 0-2 on the road this preseason

The series:

The overall regular season record between these two teams stands at 103-89 in favor of the Wizards. Cleveland is 57-38 at home, 20-12 at Quicken Loans Arena, and 31-64 on the road against the Wizards.

Where to watch:

In Cleveland: No television broadcast listed.

In Washington, D.C.: No television broadcast listed.

Probable starters:

Cleveland: Alonzo Gee, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, C.J. Miles, and Kyrie Irving.

Washington: Trevor Ariza, Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin, Jordan Crawford, A.J. Price.

The season statistic leaders:

Cleveland: N/A

Chicago: N/A

Injuries to note:

Cleveland: Luke Walton (Left Hamstring Strain, TBD).

Washington: John Wall (Stress Injury Left Patella, Out), Nene (Plantar Fasciitis Left Foot, Out), Trevor Booker (Left Hamstring Strain, Questionable).

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Sources:

All data provided by NBA.com

Cleveland Cavaliers Media Notes

Washington Wizards Media Notes

Paul Rados is an avid Cleveland Cavaliers fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados.

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