Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 2/22/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cleveland Cavaliers (14-40) at Miami Heat (35-20)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -13.5 -- Over/Under:
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat duke it out at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in poor form as they’ve lost 13 of their last 16 games, but they will be gunning for a third straight victory after last night’s 113-108 road win at Washington. Collin Sexton led the team with 25 points, Cedi Osman added 16 points with 10 rebounds while Darius Garland chipped in with 15 points and four assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot a healthy 53 percent from the field and 11 of 27 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in trouble after allowing 41 points in the first quarter, but they stuck with it and really came to life in the second half where they held the Wizards to just 42 points to allow them to rally in the fourth quarter where Sexton scored 14 of his 25 points.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have been mired in a slump as they’ve lost five of their last six games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the Hawks in a 129-124 road loss on Thursday. Bam Adebayo led the team with 28 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists, Goran Dragic added 19 points off the bench while Jimmy Butler chipped in with 17 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. As a team, the Heat shot just 40 percent from the field and 11 of 37 from the 3-point line as they poured in 97 points in the first three quarters and they looked to be in control with a five-point lead late in the fourth quarter, until the Hawks closed the game on a 10-0 run in the final 1:31 to steal the game at home. The Heat have been a great defensive team all season, but they just couldn’t keep a lid on the Hawks’ Trae Young who scorched them for a career-high 50 points.
Head to head, the over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Miami, the Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Miami and the Cavaliers are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.
The Cavaliers have found a bit of form with a couple wins in their last two games and they will be confident following their nice win over the Wizards last night. However, the Heat have been in a serious rut and they are desperate to make up for their poor finish against the Hawks in their last outing. The Heat are still without Tyler Herro, but the Cavaliers are only 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and I think that trend continues as the Heat should be able to bounce back in this one.