Written by NBA Point Spread Analyst Greg Nelson.
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The (22-24) SU, (25-21) ATS Miami Heat have lost four of five including a 111-99 defeat by the Los Angeles Clippers as 5′ point home FAVORITES ATS.
Miami is 1/2 games behind first-place Charlotte in the Southeast division while holding on to the number eight seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami is still without All-Star point guard Goran Dragic who’s set to return in mid-February.
- Miami is 2-3 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last five on the road.
- UNDER bettors has made profit Miami last four after they allow opponents 100 points or more the previous game.
- The UNDER is 5-1 the last six between the teams in Cleveland.
- The UNDER is 4-1 Miami last five overall.
The (9-40) SU, (20-28-1) ATS Cleveland Cavaliers have dropped nine of ten including their most recent a 123-103 loss to Boston as 15 point road UNDERDOGS ATS. Cleveland is out of the playoff race with expectations of landing Duke university prized freshman Zion Williamson by winning the 2019 NBA Draft lottery in May.
They’ve gotten lucky with Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and Andrew Wiggins who are no longer wearing a Cavaliers uniform.
- Cleveland is 0-3-1 ATS their last four after an SU loss.
- The OVER is 2-1 Cleveland last three at home.
- The Cavaliers are 2-7-1 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last ten at home.
- Cleveland is 6-3 ATS their last nine against Miami at home.
Friday’s game is 7:35 PM EST at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Local Network will be broadcasting.
The Betting Line has Cleveland as 8′ point home UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 208 points for Friday’s contest.
Miami Heat head coach Eric Spoelstra knows he has an elite defense which will pay dividends as the season progresses. The Heat allows opponents (106.0) ppg, 5th in the league while the (46.6) rebounds per contest rank 8th league-wide. However, they’ve got issues scoring point, and the lack of offense stood out against the Clippers their last game.
Guard Josh Richardson (17.8) ppg is the leading scorer on a unit that produces (105.8) ppg of offense, and they thought that Dion Waiters could improve their numbers returning from an injury, but it hasn’t happened. The question surrounding the organization is, do they wait for Dragic to get healthy or make a trade before the deadline?
General Manager Pat Riley is known for pulling off deals that are beneficiary to the roster but since LeBron James left he’s been quite along the trade front. Fans in South Florida like to support winners, and with attendance down it’s surprising Miami hasn’t done anything to make a run at Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia or Milwaukee who are the front runner in the East.
This Sports Handicapper believes Miami will make wholesale changes in the coming month to compete at an elite level; it’s in Riley’s nature. It’ll be one series and done in the postseason with the current roster. They do however get the cover tonight against a pathetic Cavaliers team.
Bovada.Lv list the Miami Heat win total at 41′ games for 2018-19.
Owner Dan Gilbert gets credit for delivering on an NBA title when the beloved LeBron James decided to come back home. It was a good time around Northeast Ohio with restaurants and Pubs filled on game day.
However, it’s back to normal in Cleveland; you can go anywhere near the Arena without waiting to be seated and purchase premium tickets at bargain prices. Cleveland is 14′ games behind Miami for the final playoff spot which they have no intention of competing for even when Kevin Love (19.0) ppg returns in three weeks.
The Cavaliers 28th ranked offense produces (102.5) points per contest on(44.3%) shooting from the field. Point guard Jordan Clarkson (16.7) ppg the third highest scoring average for an NBA reserve this season. Rookie Point Guard Collin Sexton (14.6) ppg has shown flashes and head coach Larry Drew is going to turn the former Alabama Crimson Tide stand out into a great player. The (9.2) three point shots made per game ranks last in the NBA. What’s interesting about the Cleveland Cavaliers is that they’re not as bad on paper as they are on the basketball court. It shows how much LeBron James meant to the success of the organization.
The Winning NBA handicappers at Charliessports.com are 15-2 on Betting Predictions including Totals involving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018-19.
Bovada.Lv list the Cleveland Cavaliers win total at 30′ games for 2018-19.
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