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Cavaliers take on Heat in hoops contest

Cleveland CavaliersMiami Heat
Feb 24, 6:00 PM | AmericanAirlines Arena

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Miami Heat Odds

18-37TEAM RECORD39-14

The Heat will try to cover the spread at AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday when they get a visit from the Cavaliers in basketball action.

The Heat bring a 39-14 record (29-24 ATS) to the battle against the 18-37 Cavaliers, who are 28-27 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 27-26 so far and the Cavaliers go 30-25. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Heat as 13.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 202.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 11-rated Heat and the No. 27-rated Cavaliers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 107-96 win for the Heat on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 103.1 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 24 at 101.1 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 49.5% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 43.2% per game.

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 20-rated defense on the road, giving up 101.8 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 118-94 winner on the road against the Magic. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (212) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The battle between the Cavaliers and Magic didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Orlando was handed a 118-94 defeat on Saturday at Amway Center.

Miami won its last outing, a 114-90 result against the 76ers on February 23. The Heat covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite, while the 204 combined points took the game OVER the total. Miami cruised to victory on Saturday, running Philadelphia out of the gym and running up a 114-90 score at Wells Fargo Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Chicago are 2-8
After playing Orlando are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Sacramento are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After a win are 9-1

A few Cavaliers at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 10 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games on the road
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Chicago, Tuesday, February 26
Miami home to Sacramento, Tuesday, February 26