Cavaliers vs Heat NBA Lines Preview and Prediction
There is always a little bit of added tension when a player goes back to play against one of his old teams with his new team. That tension gets ramped up even higher when you are talking about a player of the quality of LeBron James. After leaving Cleveland for Miami, King James became a hated figure in Ohio, and the meetings between the two teams became pretty volatile. The coin has flipped again, though, as James is now in his second season back in Cleveland. While there are some in Miami who felt betrayed by his move, there are many more who are thankful for what he delivered while he was there. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be some animosity, though, and you can bet that this current crop of Miami Heat players is going to want to prove that their team is just fine without the King. You can get your wagers on for this one by visiting the NBA betting page at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Cleveland Vs Miami NBA Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 PM
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami
TV: FSOH and SUN
Radio: Cavaliers and Heat
Live Stream: FoxSportsGo
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers
If all the reports are to be believed, the real tension in this game is going to be taking place in the Cleveland Cavaliers (48-19) locker room. Despite the fact that this team has basically led the Eastern Conference from day 1 of the season, they are still viewed as an under performing group that just doesn’t mesh together very well. Perhaps that is why they are just 20-13 on the road as compared to 28-6 at home, where players can go their separate ways after the game is over. They did manage to win 3 out of 4 in their last road trip, and they will have one more game in Florida versus the Orlando Magic on Friday night before they head into Miami to face the Heat. The Cavs are averaging 103.6 PPG, and are giving up 97.4 PPG.
Why bet on the Miami Heat
The Heat (39-29) are one a bit of a skid at the moment, having lost 3 of their last 5 games. It is a run that has cost them top spot in the Southeast Division, where they are now a half game back of the surging Atlanta Hawks. The heat need to get back on track if they want to avoid losing home court advantage for the opening round of the playoffs, and their best way back to the top is by continuing to play solid ball on home court, Miami are 22-13 in their own building, but that is somewhat tempered by the fact that they are 3 games below .500 this season when playing against teams with a winning record. The Heat are averaging 99.0 PPG, and are giving up 97.9 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
There have been 6 games played between these two teams since LeBron returned to Cleveland, and it has been an even 3-3 split. I think that Cleveland will take a 1-game lead in this series, although I expect it to be a close one.
Cleveland Cavaliers 102 Miami Heat 98