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Heat vs. Cavaliers - 12/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (17-10) at Miami Heat (13-16)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat play Christmas afternoon at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four of their last five games and play their first road contest in 13 days. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 103.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.2 points and 7.6 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 20 points and 5.3 assists. Kevin Love is shooting 43.5 percent from the field and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers have scored a combined 230 points in their last two games and seem more comfortable than early in the year. However, the Cavs are still allowing teams to shoot 49.1 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from deep in their last five games. Anderson Varejao is doubtful for this game with an injury.

Heat vs. Cavaliers - 12/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Heat have lost four of their last six games and are coming off a loss to the 76ers. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting and are allowing 97.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 22.8 points and 5.5 assists while Luol Deng is averaging 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. Mario Chalmers is dishing out 4.3 assists and Shawne Williams is shooting 45.1 percent from the field. The Miami Heat continue to be one of the most inconsistent teams in the league and are struggling to form an identity. What’s most troubling about the Heat’s struggles is that they’re just 5-10 SU at home, which includes losses in six of their last seven games. Chris Bosh is questionable for this game with a calf injury.

The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Heat are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The Cavaliers are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Miami and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

If there's one game the Heat want to win on their schedule, there's no question it's this one. The place is going to be packed, tons of energy, and you can bet Miami will be up for this game. I'm taking my chances with the points here, as I like the motivation factor with the home team. 

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