LeBron adds misery to Cavalier streak
Miami will look to add to Cleveland’s 20-game losing skid and LeBron will be motivated to help rout his former team and cover a huge NBA point spread.
Miami will face the 8-39 Cavaliers, who own a 16-29-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Heat are 24-22-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cavaliers are 25-22 favoring the OVER.
Oddsmakers opened the Heat as 17.5-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 202.5.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 2-rated Heat and the 30th-rated Cavaliers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 106-87 win for the Heat on Monday, which would cover the spread.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 101.3 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 25 at 104.9 PPG and they have lost 20 straight games. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 47.1% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 42.4% per game.
Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 26-rated defense on the road, allowing 107.8 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the league in scoring at home.
Cleveland was a 103-87 loser in its last match on the road against the Magic. They covered the 18–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 190 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Manny Harris scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Cavaliers to victory (they lost 103-87 to Orlando at Amway Center on Sunday).
Last time out for Miami, they were a 108-103 winner as they battled the Thunder on the road. The Heat covered in the match as a 1-point underdog, while 211 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Dwyane Wade went off for 32 points and added 9 rebounds leading Miami to a 108-103 win over Oklahoma City on Sunday at Ford Center.
Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Indiana are 4-6
After playing Orlando are 4-6
After a loss are 0-10
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Orlando are 6-4
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a win are 8-2
A few Cavaliers at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
Cleveland is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Miami
Cleveland is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Miami
Cleveland is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
Miami is 11-2 SU in itslast 13 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Miami is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Miami is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Cleveland home to Indiana, Wednesday, February 2
Miami at Orlando, Thursday, February 3