Cavaliers vs. Heat - 2/11/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (22-29) at Cleveland Cavaliers (32-21)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 192.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSOH, ESPN
The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Wednesday at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Miami Heat have lost six of their last 10 games and begin a two-game road trip. On the season, the Heat are averaging 92.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 96.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Chris Bosh is averaging 21.2 points and 7.2 rebounds while Luol Deng is averaging 14.3 points and five rebounds. Mario Chalmers is dishing 4.3 assists and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Miami Heat have held 10 of their last 12 opponents under 100 points. Until the Heat’s offense picks up and Dwyane Wade returns, they have to keep playing above-average defense if they hope to start winning games consistently. Shawne Williams is questionable for this game with a hip injury.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are climbing up the standings with wins in 13 of their last 14 games. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 102 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26 points and 7.4 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.9 points and 5.3 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.5 rebounds and J.R. Smith is shooting 41.5 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing well on the offensive end, but their defense is allowing 42.1 percent shooting in their last five games. The Cavs have won 10 straight games when allowing less than 100 points and have shown they’re really tough to beat when their offense and defense is on the same page.
The Heat are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference. The underdog is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The same reason I backed the Heat in the first game is the same reason I'm taking them here. Playing against LeBron means a lot to this Miami Heat squad, as they're still out to prove they can survive without him. While the Cavs may have the upper hand this time around, double-digit points are too much to pass up.