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(17-18) Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (8-29)
Date: Tuesday January 2
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 202
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The Heat were playing really good ball for a stretch but they are still under .500 and not really challenging in the Eastern Conference. This is a must win really.
Cleveland wrote off its season a long time ago. The natives have to to be getting a little restless but they have to be reasonable too. This team does not have much to work with.
The Heat had won five in a row before the Raptors visited and put a halt to that streak. Since then they have only beaten Cleveland over their last two, an easy 24 point home win.
They are still going to be without Goran Dragic in this one. He had knee surgery and is not expected back til February. Dragic is a crafty and natural offensive player and without him they are not the same kind of offensive team.
Miami does have a wealth of perimeter talent but it is an interesting mix of old – Dwayne Wade – and still establishing players like Justicse Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson. They have even been experimenting with Winslow as a point guard.
This is a game where Hassan Whiteside should be able to be productive. His scoring is down for the second season in a row, and his free throw shooting has completely eroded to 44%. Still there is nobody on the Cavs who can really guard him.
They lost their last game so even though this is on the road it is a good spot to get right again.
It is one thing to be bad but another to be shorthanded. The Cavaliers are both right now. Their record speaks for itself and they are missing players that would be contributors in Tristan Thompson, Rodney Hood, and of course Kevin Love.
With all of those players out of the way it is a lot of Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. The former is leading in scoring and the latter in both rebounding and assists. I have always liked Nance but that is really a sign of the times as opposed to a rise to an elite level.
Colin Sexton and Cedi Osman are two players the Cavaliers are hoping can be a part of their long term future. If Osman can just become a better shooter he could really be a player in the league.
NBA Betting Trends:
- MIA are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- MIA are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- MIA are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 vs. NBA Central.
- Under is 6-2 in CLE last 8 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Under is 19-7-1 in CLE last 27 Wed. games.
Free Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
The Heat are definitely the better team but the line might be playable in this one.
Cleveland is not going to go winless from here on out but picking the right spots is going to be difficult.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat ATS
This is a game you might want to look to tease with some other games. If you like some others on the schedules.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Heat 110 – Cavaliers 97
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