Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13
Cleveland Cavaliers (9-13) at Miami Heat (16-6)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -13.5 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds
Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers go for their fourth straight win tonight when they take on the Miami Heat.
With five wins in their last six outings, the Cavaliers have really improved their play lately and it's been Kyrie Irving leading the way as he did last night when the Cavs beat the Magic by 109-100 behind 31 points from Irving. Dion Waiters added 21 points off the bench while Anderson Varejao had 10 points and 14 boards as the Cavs improved to 9-13 on the season and a measly 2-10 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Heat haven't quite been playing at their best lately but they are surely thankful to be home after their four-game road trip where they went just 2-2, including a 90-84 loss at Indiana on Tuesday. The Heat shot out of the gates early to a 30-19 lead at the end of the first quarter but the Pacers just wore them down with their defense and took the first meeting of the season. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade led the scoring with 17 points apiece while Chris Bosh added 12, but the Heat had no answer for Roy Hibbert or David West who scored early on, while Paul George delivered the last blows.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games, while the Heat are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games following a loss and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Head to head, the Cavs are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in Miami and the over is 8-3 in the last 11.
It's been a while since The Decision but there's always a bit of extra emotion when these two teams play so expect a tough contest for the most part. With that being said, I can't see anything but a win for the Heat tonight, but I actually think the Cavs can get the cover here. The bookies are just laying a couple points too many to resist.