At Miami-Dade Arena on Wednesday, the Miami Heat will play the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is 41-26 overall and 13-19 on the road, while Miami is 35-31 overall and 21-12 at home. Both of these teams’ earlier-season encounters, which took place in Cleveland, ended in a victory for each side. The first game of a back-to-back in Miami is on Wednesday; the second game is on Friday.
In a thrilling game on Monday against the Atlanta Hawks, the Heat prevailed 130–128. Strong play after the first quarter helped the team come back from a 43-30 deficit to win. Jimmy Butler, Miami’s forward, had another spectacular night with 26 points, nine assists, and nine rebounds.
Miami’s defense, which ranks second in points allowed per game and seventh in defensive rating, is their calling card. Yet, it suffers on the opposite end of the court and scores the fewest points per game in the NBA. Kevin Love, a former Cav, was added to the team to aid on that end of the court, but the veteran has struggled, averaging only 7.5 points on 36.6% shooting in six games. As Kyle Lowry is unavailable, Kevin Love is questionable for Wednesday.
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Speaking of close contests, Cleveland defeated the Boston Celtics on Monday, 118-114, achieving the desired outcome despite needing overtime to do so. Strong play after the third quarter let the team come back from a 92-78 deficit to win. Donovan Mitchell, a shooting guard for Cleveland, did what he does best and finished with a double-double of 40 points and 11 rebounds.
The Cavs’ defense, which is the strongest in the NBA, enters the game allowing just 106.6 points per game on average. The twin tower duo of Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley are combining to average 18.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, to go along with 30.5 points. Cleveland, however, is only getting a very little amount of production from its bench, as their 27.7 bench points per game are the second-fewest in the NBA.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Miami Heat Game Information
- Date: 03/08/2023
- Time: 07:10 PM ET
- Location: Miami-Dade Arena, Miami, FL.
- How to Watch Cavaliers vs Heat : Bally Sports OH
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Cavaliers vs Heat Betting Lines
Cavaliers are -130 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $77. On the other side, Heat are +110 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $110.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Cavaliers at a 56.52% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Heat have 47.62% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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