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Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/8/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
American Airlines Arena
Miami, Florida
The Line
The Line: Miami Heat -9.5 -- Over/Under: 214
TV Channel
FSOH, FSS
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat meet Friday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to play spoiler after splitting their last 10 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.6 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 113.3 points on 49 percent shooting. Kevin Love is averaging 18.8 points and 11.4 rebounds while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 16.9 points and 2.4 assists. Collin Sexton is the third double-digit scorer and Cedi Osman is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost seven of their last nine road games.

The Miami Heat look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Miami Heat are averaging 105.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 17.3 points and four assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 15.3 points and 4.3 assists. Dwyane Wade is the third double-digit scorer and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 12.2 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won their last three home games.

The Cavaliers are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games following a ATS win, 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Heat are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Miami and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Heat last 7 overall. The over is 6-0 in Cavaliers last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have played better basketball with the return of Kevin Love, and while they're losing their last five games by an average of 6.8 points, they've covered five of their last seven games and have found ways to win a few as well. The Miami Heat are enjoying probably their best stretch of the season and have every reason to continue winning with them currently placed in the eighth seed. The Heat have also beaten up on the Cavs over the years. However, the Heat seem to love to keep games close and rarely blow teams out. The Heat are losing at home by an average of 1.1 points and have just six double-digit wins since December 10. I have to take the points.

Pick:
Cleveland Cavaliers +9.5

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