Cavs take on LeBron James and Heat
The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost eight games in a row against the Miami Heat as those Eastern Conference teams meet once again in NBA odds action at the sportsbooks on Saturday.
Miami topped Cleveland 95-84 as an 8.5-point road favorite on the NBA betting lines when the two teams met for the first time this season back on November 27. The UNDER has paid out for totals bettors in each of their last three meetings.
The Heat sport a record of 16-6 and 11-11 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cavaliers sit at 9-13 and 8-14 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-10 for the Heat and 10-12 for the Cavaliers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Heat rated this week at No. 13 and the Cavaliers sitting at No. 26. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 97-85 result in favor of the Heat today.
Cleveland was a 109-100 winner in its last match on the road against the Magic. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 209 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Cleveland got 31 points from Kyrie Irving en route to a 109-100 victory over Orlando on Friday at Amway Center.
Miami lost its last outing, a 90-84 result against the Pacers on December 10. The Heat failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 174 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Miami suffered a 90-84 loss against Indiana on Tuesday, getting 17 points from LeBron James in a losing effort at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 102.64 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 15 at 99.36 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 50.42% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 42.42% per game.
Cleveland home to Portland, Tuesday, December 17th
Miami home to Utah, Monday, December 16th