Heat vs. Cavaliers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Cavaliers are a 5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 209 points.
Miami enters with a 10-9 record and 7-10-2 ATS after a 100-93 victory at the Bulls, its third straight win. Cleveland is 13-7 overall and 7-12-1 ATS following a 113-91 victory at the 76ers, its eighth consecutive victory. The Heat went 3-1 straight up and 2-2 ATS in four meetings last season. The over-under went 2-2.
In the win at Chicago, Miami was led by Goran Dragic with 24 points and three assists. Wayne Ellington scored 19 off the bench. James Johnson added 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and two steals off the bench. The Heat outscored the hosts 93-80 over the final three quarters.
The Cavaliers were paced by LeBron James with 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in the win at Philly. Dwyane Wade tallied 15 points, five assists and four rebounds off the bench. Jeff Green added 13 points, 10 boards and three assists off the bench. Cleveland outscored the Sixers 53-45 in the first half and outscored the hosts in every quarter.
Miami is 1-5 ATS in its last six meetings in Cleveland. The under is 12-4-1 in the last 17 meetings in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers are in cruise control mode as LeBron is dominating on a nightly basis and they are getting solid contributions from the bench. This spread seems a little low considering how well Cleveland has been performing, plus Miami doesn't have good recent history in this arena. Take the hosts in this spot.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS -5