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2023 NBA Handicapping
(41-26) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat (35-31)
Date: Wednesday, March 8th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: FTX Arena, Miami, Florida
Moneyline NBA Odds: Cavaliers -120 | Heat +100 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -1.5
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 212
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As can be seen, both teams last played on Monday with the Cleveland Cavaliers arriving on the heels of collecting arguably their biggest win of the season coming back to defeat the Celtics 118-114 in overtime while the Heat swept the baseball set versus the Hawks with a 130-128 win.
At this time, the Cavaliers are 35-29-3 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 14-17-1 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Heat are 23-40-3 against the spread this season. Also, they are 9-22-2 ATS as the home team.
Wednesday, March 8th, finds the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat playing the third of four scheduled contests. Cleveland won November 20th (113-87) and Miami won January 31st (100-97). They’ll play in Miami again Friday to finish the season series.
Last season the teams played three times with the Cavaliers winning two of three contests. The Heat holds the all-time record having bested the Cavaliers in 75 of their 124 matches.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current as of this writing, Tuesday, March 7th. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Wednesday March 8th
I’ve been vocal all season about how frequently the Cavaliers have benefited from playing short handed elite teams.
However, in this one instance they get a pass for what was a gutsy come back win over a Celtics team that choked late and should’ve been the more desperate team.
Offensively, Cleveland scores 112.1 points per game ranking 25th while shooting 48.8% from the field and 36.4% on the perimeter ranking sixth and 13th respectively.
Overall, Cleveland tops the league for opponent scoring limiting foes to an average of 106.6 points per game. Cavs opponents shoot 46.5% from the field and 37.0% from deep ranking fifth and 23rd.
To summarize the injury report…
- No injuries
Whoever deals with the schedule makers in Miami deserves a raise for somehow getting seven baseball sets all on their home court. This was a new twist the NBA elected to introduce this season with the premise of reducing travel.
Teams typically split the set or the home team sweeps and very rarely the visiting team wins both so there is a decided advantage to the home squad.
Diving into the semantics of this dynamic there are teams like the Nets who played just a single set at home while the Raptors play seven sets with only two home sets.
Miami is on the other end of the spectrum getting seven sets on their home court. And, the oddity of Miami being the team with all these baseball home sets makes little sense since Orlando isn’t just close their in the same State.
Offensively, the Heat scores 108.5 points per game ranking 30th while shooting 45.2% from the field and 33.7% from the perimeter ranking 30th and 27th respectively.
Defensively, the Heat allow opponents to score 109.1 points per game ranking second overall. Miami opponents shoot 47.9% from the field and 36.7% from the perimeter ranking 22nd and 21st respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Kevin Love PG (probable — knee)
- Nikola Jovic SF (OUT indefinitely, — back)
- Kyle Lowry G (downgraded to OUT—knee)
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat NBA Betting Trends:
- All in all, the Cavaliers are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games.
- Also, the Cavaliers are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games against Miami.
- By comparison, the Heat are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games.
- In conclusion, the Heat are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games at home.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
The Hawks baseball set was extremely timely as Miami was 1-6 prior with Atlanta, Toronto, and Washington all breathing down their necks. Now they’ll get another home set and look to leap the Nets for that final cemented playoff seed.
It’s not an ideal scenario for the Cavs who are also trying to climb the ladder while looking over their shoulder at the red hot Knicks who are only 1.5 games.
Cleveland aren’t a great road team and the Heat are a brutally deficient offensive club. Still, expect two physical games as each club attempts to sweep this baseball set to improve their position.
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