Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat - 3/18/14
Miami Heat (45-19) at Cleveland Cavaliers (26-41)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +9 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers will play their third and final regular season meeting on Tuesday. The two teams have split the first two games.
The Heat are coming off a big home win on Sunday against the Houston Rockets, giving them some confidence after losing five of their last six games. On the season, Miami averages 104.1 points on 50.8 percent shooting and allows 98.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. In Dwyane Wade’s last five games, he’s averaging 22.4 points and is shooting 53.2 percent from the field. On the road, the Miami Heat average 100.4 points and allow 99.2 points. The Heat are 29-33-2 ATS overall and 16-15-1 ATS on the road.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost five of their last seven games and are coming off a 102-80 blowout to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. On the season, Cleveland averages 97 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allows 101.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Luol Deng is averaging 17.2 points in his last five games and has made at least two threes in four straight contests. At home, the Cleveland Cavaliers average 97.8 points and allow 98.7 points. The Cavs are 30-37 ATS overall and 16-16 ATS at home.
The Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a SU win. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 12-27 ATS in their last 39 games playing on 1 days rest. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams, while the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
It’s always a mystery on which Miami team is going to show up, and the Cavs always play the Heat with high energy given the whole situation with LeBron James. Five of the last six meetings between these two teams have been decided by single digits.
Cleveland has no business being on the same floor with the Heat, but this game is always a little different, especially with it being played in Cleveland.
Give me the Cavs and the points, please.