Cavaliers vs. Heat Prediction
In what should be a defensive struggle throughout, the Heat will host the Cavaliers tonight at 7:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Miami is a 2.5-point underdog versus Cleveland for tonight's game while the total currently sits at 209 after the number opened at 210.
The Cavs are 8-2 over their last 10 games but are just 5-5 against the spread during that stretch, while the Heat are 7-3 over their last 10 contests and are also 5-5 against the number. Cleveland is also 14-17 against the spread on the road this season while Miami is 17-17 against the number at home.
The Cavs have played outstanding defense over their last four games, holding three of their four opponents to 98 points or less. In their last game, a win over the Magic, they allowed Victor Oladipo to score 45 points but still held Orlando to just 103 points. The under is 9-4 in Cleveland's last 13 games when playing on no rest and is 5-2 in the team's last seven games versus an opponent with a winning record.
Both of these teams are in the top 8 in terms of defensive efficiency, as Miami ranks sixth with a 101.0 mark and Cleveland is 8th with a 101.7 rating.
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