Miami Heat (29-21) at Cleveland Cavaliers (29-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -3 -- Over/Under: 213 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Miami Heat need a statement victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 100.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17 points and 4.8 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.6 points and 11.9 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won seven of their last 10 road games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a win here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 109.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 47.4 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.8 points and 8.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 18.2 points and 9.6 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Dwyane Wade is dishing 3.7 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won seven of their last nine home games.
The Heat are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games, 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 home games and 16-36-1 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Heat are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Cleveland, the home team is 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Cleveland.
I'm not sure how anybody can lay chalk with the Cleveland Cavaliers in their current situation. The Cavs are piling up losses left and right, can't get stops defensively and are an old team that's playing on the end of a back to back. If that weren't enough, Cleveland just lost Kevin Love for two months due to a broken hand. The sky is falling right now in Ohio. The Miami Heat head into this game playing some of their most consistent ball of the season and have motivation with that third seed within reach now. I'll take the free bucket with the team that probably should win outright.