Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Miami Heat is 13-point favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the matchup this evening.Â The over/under total for the game is set at 197. LeBron James returns to Cleveland for the second time since his unceremonious departure.
Miami is 3-0 overall and 2-1 against the spread against the Cavaliers this year. That includes the first meeting back on December 2nd. James brushed off the jeers of his former fans to explode for 38 points, winning 118-90 in a blowout as 5-point favorites. The Heat won the two home meetings since then, 101-95 as 16-point favorites on December 15th and 117-90 as 17-point favorites on January 31st. The er is 3-0 in the three meetings between the teams.
Miami is 51-22 on the season and 34-39 against the spread.Â They trail Chicago by 2-games in the Eastern Conference and Boston by 1-game for second. Miami has won five straight and is 8-1 since an awful five-game losing streak. The last game was a 125-119 home over Houston on Sunday. Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh each hit the 30-point plateau, combining for 94. Miami failed to cover as eight point favorites against Houston and is just 2-3 against the spread during this current winning streak. Â The 244 combined points scored made a mockery of the 208-point total. The er is 2-0 in Miamis last two games after the der was 4-1 in the previous five.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 14-58 overall and 31-41 against the spread.Â They have the NBAs worst record and should get the top draft pick. Cleveland did get a 97-91 home win over Detroit last Friday, but then lost to Atlanta at home on Sunday, 99-83. The der is 8-0 in Clevelands last eight and 10-1 in the last 11. Cleveland is 2-6 against the spread in its last eight home games, 9-28 overall and 14-23 against the spread on the year at home.
This being an extremely important game for the Miami Heat I there playoff positioning and the extra motivation Lebron James will have, I believe Â the Miami Heat will crush the Cavaliers this evening.Â I will gladly lay the 13-points and take the Heat tonight.
Miami Heat -13 Cleveland Cavaliers