LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will rebound from their recent loss with a win and cover this evening when they travel to meet the Washington Wizards.
Our NBA selection for Friday is on the Cleveland Cavaliers over Washington, as the Wizards will be without two of their top three players Friday night.
The two missing Wizards, of course, are Caron Butler and Gilbert Arenas. Butler was already sidelined going into Washington's home loss to Charlotte (the Wizards' 10th loss in 12 games with Butler absent this year). But leading scorer Arenas tore up his knee in the first quarter on Wednesday and will miss at least two months. That's just too much for Washington to overcome, even if Antonio Daniels fills in as well as he did on Wednesday (18 points, 17 assists).
With Cleveland in a dogfight for playoff positioning with the Bulls, we'll side with LeBron James & Co. to rebound off their loss to Miami on Thursday. Take the Cavaliers.
Play: Cavaliers -5½