Heat at Cavaliers - 4/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (34-40) at Cleveland Cavaliers (48-27)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -11 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Thursday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Miami Heat need a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 96.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.7 points and five assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.2 points and 5.3 assists. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 9.7 rebounds and Mario Chalmers is dishing four assists. The Miami Heat are shooting just 43 percent in their last five games and have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring less than 100 points. The Heat could really use this win in order to remain the seventh seed in the East. A loss could knock the Heat out of the playoffs. Luol Deng and Shabazz Napier are questionable with injuries.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 103.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting and are allowing 98.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.7 points and 7.3 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.9 points and 5.2 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10 rebounds and J.R. Smith is shooting 42.6 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 45.7 percent from the field in their last five games and have won eight straight when allowing less than 100 points. A win here gets the Cavs that much closer towards locking up the second seed in the East. The Cavs haven’t lost a home game since January 7th.
The Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss. The Cavaliers are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast. The underdog is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Heat play the Cas well at home but were rocked the last time these teams met in Cleveland. The Heat are banged up, and the Cavaliers are rolling injury free and simply killing teams at home. I don't love the chak, but the Cavs should win this one easily.