In this all-Eastern battle, two squads sitting in and out of the playoff places of the conference are clashing, when the Miami Heat (30-34), who have lost only once in their last 5 games, are hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-49), who on the other hand want to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 03-08-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat -8
Miami Heat have a 30-34 record (34-30 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 8th place of the East. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Hornets with a 91-84 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Josh Richardson with 17.3 ppg, adding 3.6 boards and 4 dimes per game. He is followed by Goran Dragic with 15.3 ppg and a team high 4.3 dimes per game.
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 16-49 record (30-34-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the East. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Nets with a 107-113 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Love with 18.8 ppg, adding a team high 11.4 boards per game. He is followed by Jordan Clarkson with 16.9 ppg and 3.4 boards off the bench.
Heat have won all three previous meetings against the Cavaliers this season, winning the previous home game by 24 points. Heat have a 14-18 home record, while the Cavaliers are 6-25 on the road. Heat are better both offensively, scoring 105.8 ppg to Cavs’ 103.6 and defensively, allowing 106.2 pgg to Cavs’ 113.3. Heat have a better field goal percentage (45.1% to 44.4%), while Cavaliers have a better 3-point percentage (35.8% to 35.4%). Heat are better in boards grabbed (46.3 to 42.9) and in dimes made (24 to 20.9), while Cavaliers are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 14.6). Heat are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior Cavaliers team.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Miami Heat Prediction: Miami Heat -8 (-110)
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