Free NBA Pick: Heat vs Cavaliers NBA Odds
Looking for Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Heat taking on the Cavs on Monday, March 06, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(29-34) Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (42-19)
Date: Monday, March 06
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavs -8
NBA Betting Total: 215
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The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers have the opportunity to spark an epic rivalry if they meet in the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
LeBron James originally spurned his hometown squad to take his talents to South Beach, and then in turn made his return to Ohio causing fans in Miami to end their extreme fandom for The King after a quick four years and two championships.
Although the hatred for LeBron isn’t as intense as it was when he returned to Quicken Loans Arena as a visitor, his leaving Dade County wasn’t taken lightly.
A first-round playoff matchup between these two, should it come to fruition, would have no shortage of storylines.
But for now, these two face off in a regular-season showdown on Monday night.
*All statistics, standings, rankings, records and trends are current as of this writing at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 5.
The Miami Heat are coming off a massive 120-92 victory in their last outing? And wouldn’t you know it, it was over these same Cleveland Cavaliers.
Except there’s one major caveat to consider: The Cavaliers were not at full strength.
In spite of the regular absences of J.R. Smith and Kevin Love, head coach Tyronn Lue chose to sit superstars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving as well. It was a move made designed to give the team’s go-to options rest, but you also have to consider the fact that Lue might have been giving James a mental night off in his old home arena.
Regardless, the Heat have confidence entering Monday’s contest. They shot an impressive 52.3 percent from the field and a scorching hot 52.9 percent from the three-point line.
Those numbers will inevitably drop on the road against the Cavs squad that is likely to see more of its starters play, but the Heat know what they can do against this squad when they play an efficient brand of basketball.
As impressive as the Heat’s win was over Cleveland, the Cavs don’t care one bit. They were down LeBron and Kyrie, and they remain 2.5 games ahead of the Boston Celtics for first place in the top-heavy Eastern Conference.
On Monday, we’re not going to see the same lackluster showing we saw from the Cavaliers. The offense isn’t going to drop off after the first quarter, as it did during the last outing, and the defense surely isn’t going to allow 120 points at home.
Chances are, we’ll see both James and Irving back in the lineup. But even if one or both sits, home-court advantage will be the difference-maker.
The Cavs will be far more ready for this one than they were a few nights ago.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Heat are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Heat are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win.
- Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Cavaliers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Free Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Recent trends indicate that both teams have a strong chance ATS. Since we don’t have a line set as of this time, it’s impossible to say which team has the better chance.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers ATS.
All that said, we have the utmost confidence that the Cavs are going to exact their revenge against the Heat.
This one won’t even be close.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 111 – Miami Heat 99
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