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Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (43-25) at Miami Heat (29-36)

NBA Basketball: Monday, March 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat +5.5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds

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LeBron James faces his former team as the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Miami Heat.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won six of their last seven and will be gunning for a fifth straight win after cruising past the Magic by 123-108 last night. Kyrie Irving followed up his 57-point performance with another 33 points on 12 of 15 shooting, LeBron James added 21 points and 13 assists while JR Smith had 25 points as the Cavs shot a blistering 59.2 percent from the field to beat the Magic. There was always a chance of a bit of a letdown performance after beating the Spurs in their previous game, but the Cavs just look to be going from strength to strength which is just plain scary because Kevin Love has yet to find his spot on offense.

Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have lost three of their last five overall and were pretty disappointing in their 102-92 loss to the Raptors on Friday. Goran Dragic had a decent game of 18 points while Dwyane Wade led the way with 25 points, but most of his points came when the Heat were already down by double digits. For one reason or another, Wade was content on playing the distributor role even when his teammates continued to miss shots and waste possessions, so by the time Wade decided to take over the offense, it was already too late. All in all, it was a pretty flat performance against a Raptors team that they had beaten in their last 16 meetings straight.

In ATS trends, the Cavs are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games overall, while the Heat are 5-0-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss but just 8-17-3 ATS in their last 28 home games.

Head to head, the Cavs are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Miami and the over is 9-4 in the last 13.

Love was rested last night for the Cavs but he is fully expected to return tonight which really gives me no reason to back against the Cavs who have been playing some ridiculous basketball in their last two games.

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Cleveland -5.5

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