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(22-24) Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (9-40)
Date: Friday January 25th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loan Arena, Cleveland, OH
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -9
NBA Betting Total: 210
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Cleveland is a pretty tough team to wager on these days no matter what the situation. The Cavs have dropped five in a row, including three straight by at least 20 points. Overall the Cavs have dropped 17 of 18. Is there a spread high enough to make a person take Cleveland?
The Heat desperately need a win in Friday night’s contest in Quicken Loans Arena. Miami has dropped 4 of their last 5 games and have fallen to 8th in the Eastern Conference. The Heat hold a slight 1.5 game lead over Detroit for the final playoff spot but a game vs. the Cavs is a must win.
What has been behind the Heat skidding a bit lately? There offense has definitely been an issue as Miami has been held under 100 points in 4 of the last 5 games. The Cavs have allowed 120+ in 7 of 10 so Friday could be a night that Miami’s offensive stars get going.
Speaking of those Miami stars, which ones can lead a win over Cleveland on Friday? Justice Winslow is in the midst of a rough three game stretch where he hasn’t eclipsed more than 12 points. Josh Richardson is also scoring 3 points below his average the last two games. Will Dwyane Wade even play in this easily winnable contest?
One player who could be a force if used properly is Hassan Whiteside. The center finally saw a minutes increase Wednesday night and responded with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Whiteside had played more than 26 minutes just once in the 6 games prior but perhaps the Heat are trying to showcase him before the trade deadline?
Friday is shaping up to be a low scoring affair not only because of Miami’s offensive struggles, but because of their defensive prowess. Erik Spoelstra’s team is a top 5 defense in both points allowed and field goal percentage against. Only two of the last 10 opponents have put up more than 110 points vs. the Heat. Cleveland has the league’s worst shooting percentage team by the way.
It’s hard to find any bright spots with this Cavs team right now – except that they’re soaring towards the top pick in the this Spring’s draft. Each of Cleveland’s last seven losses have been by at least 16 points. Inexplicably there’s a 101-95 win over the Lakers mixed in that span which may give Cavs bettors some hope Friday?
Could home court give Cleveland the edge they need in this contest? Just one of Cleveland’s last eight games have been at Quicken loans Arena although they are just 5-18 at home this year? That, plus that one home game in the past two weeks was a 16 point loss to a Bulls team that had lost 10 games prior.
The Cavs won’t match up well with Miami Friday due to Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance, Jr. remaining on the sideline with various injuries. Whiteside, Bam Adebayo, and the Miami front court should be in for another successful evening.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 11-4 ATS their last 15 road games
- Cavaliers are 1-7 ATS their last 8 home games
- Cavaliers are 0-4-1 their last 5 overall
- Heat are 4-0 ATS the last four meetings
Free Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Miami is a very solid road team and Cleveland is….Cleveland. When the Cavs lose, they lose by a lot. Miami needs this win to keep their padding on the 8th seed in the East. All of this is pointing towards a big win for the Heat in what will ultimately be a low scoring affair.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Miami Heat -9
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Heat 112 – Cavaliers 96
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