Miami Heat vs. Cleveland 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
LeBron James makes his return to South Beach tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers battle the Miami Heat.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four of their last five overall and are coming off a 125-104 rout of the Timberwolves thanks to big contributions from the big three. Kyrie Irving led the way with 29 points on 12 of 19 shooting, while LeBron James added 24 points, but the biggest positive of the night came from Kevin Love who has been struggling but stepped up and scored 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists against his former team. With the win, Cleveland improved to 17-10 overall and 11-5 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have lost four of their last six and are coming off their worst loss of the season, falling to the lowly Sixers by 91-87 in a game where they led by 23 points midway through the third quarter. Dwyane Wade had a nice game of 23 points while Shawne Williams added 17, but with the Heat took their foot off the gas in the third quarter and got absolutely shell-shocked by the Sixers who stormed all the way back and snatched the game from under them. I watched that game from start to finish and I can't remember the last time I saw a game flipped on its head like that. With the loss, Miami drops to 13-16 overall and a measly 5-10 at home.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a loss but just 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Head to head, the Cavs are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Miami.
Chris Bosh is listed as doubtful for this game which really hurts the Heat in this one, but you never know, they could certainly ride the emotions of the crowd and come out on top of this one. On the other hand, I'm sure that LeBron is used to getting booed after his first season with the Heat, so I'm sticking with the Cavs to take this one by around seven or eight points.