The Cleveland Cavaliers (12-9) travel to face off against the Miami Heat (12-9) on Friday, December 8th. This game will be played at Kaseya Center in Kaseya Center and televised on BSSU. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Cavaliers vs Heat
The Cavaliers Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Cavaliers bested the Magic with a score of 121-111. The start of the second half saw the Cavaliers in the lead, at 65-52.
Coming into today’s game against the Heat, the Cavaliers are 12-9 and are looking to stay above .500. They are currently 8th in the Eastern Conference and are also 3rd in the Central division.
So far, Cleveland’s ATS record is below .500 at 8-12. Currently, the Cavaliers are on a two game ATS win streak when they are underdogs, and they are 4-9 vs. the spread as favorites.
The Heat Are Coming Off A Win
In the Heat’s most recent game against the Raptors, Caleb Martin led the Heat with 24 points while going 9/16 from the field. As the Heat secured the victory with a final score of 112-103, Duncan Robinson also chipped in with 21 points.
As they take on the Cavaliers, the Heat aim to stay above .500 with a 12-9 record. In road games, the Heat are 7-6 compared to their 5-3 record at home.
Miami has a .500 ATS record so far this season, marked at 10-10. This season, Miami has a 5-6 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 5-4 when playing as underdogs.
Cavaliers Offense Breakdown
Cleveland has recorded an average of 111.3 points per game (23rd) throughout 21 games games. So far, the Cavaliers are averaging 98.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Even though they have preferred to slow the game down, the Cleveland offense is the 24th ranked team in made field goals per game.
Heat Offense Breakdown
The Heat come into today’s game as the 18th ranked scoring offense at 113 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Heat will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.5 made 3’s per game. If Miami continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 26th in the league in possessions per game.
Cavaliers Team Defense
So far, the Cavaliers’ defense is ranked 8th in the league at 111.1 points per contest.
Cleveland’s defense is currently forcing 14 turnovers per game, which is 21st in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 16th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.1 rejections per game.
Heat Team Defense
Currently, the Heat’s defense holds the 11th rank in the NBA, allowing 111.6 points per game.
In the terms of takeaways, Heat are causing 12 turnovers per game, ranking 4th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 29th in rejections, averaging 3.2 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Cavaliers And Heat
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Donovan Mitchell is set to be the main scorer for the Cavaliers, recording 16 points and shooting 6/13 from the field. This season, he is averaging 27.6 points per game along with 5.4 boards.
On the flip side, our predictions place Jimmy Butler as the leading scorer for the Heat. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 16 while also collecting 3 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.6% and is averaging 22.2 points per contest.
Cavaliers vs Heat Trends
- In their last five road games, Cleveland has averaged 115 points per game while allowing 111 . The team’s record in this stretch was 4-1 while going 3-1-1 vs. the spread.
- Across the Heat last ten home games, the team averaged 110 points per game while allowing 104. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 7-2-1, while going 7-3 straight-up.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Heat have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 3-2.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Cleveland has an ATS mark of 3-6-1 while going 6-4 straight up.
Coming in as the underdogs at +1, we have the Heat as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 218.5 and given that our model is projecting 228 points between the teams, we like the over.
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