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LeBron Back in Cleveland as Favorite

LeBron James has mused about possibly returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers and his Miami Heat are there tonight in NBA betting action.

This is the sixth straight meeting where the Cavs have been double-digit underdogs to Miami. Both times this season the game has gone UNDER the total.

Cavalier bettors can take some comfort (and risk) in knowing their team is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Miami.

View Miami vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Heat before tip-off in this one will find them as 9-point favorites, while the total sits at 198 at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cavaliers rated this week at No. 24 and the Heat sitting at No. 8. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 106-94 result in favor of the Heat today.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Cleveland's No. 8-rated squad against Miami's No. 11-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Cleveland rates No. 10 in the league with 6.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 22 with 5.7 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Heat own the league's No. 19-rated mark, allowing 97.4 points per game when on the road. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 20 in home scoring.

Miami won its last outing, a 105-90 result against the Pacers on February 14. The Heat covered in that game as a 2-point favorite, while the 195 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Miami earned a 105-90 victory over Indiana on Tuesday, getting 23 points from LeBron James at Conseco Fieldhouse.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 98-87 winner at home against the Pacers. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (185) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Cleveland earned a 98-87 victory over Indiana on Wednesday, getting 22 points from Kyrie Irving at Quicken Loans Arena.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Orlando are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Sacramento are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 7-3
After a win are 1-9

 

A few Heat at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Cleveland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing at home against Miami

Next up:
Miami home to Orlando, Sunday, February 19
Cleveland home to Sacramento, Sunday, February 19

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