Tonight’s NBA betting action has Miami Heat traveling to the Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game tips of at 8:00 pm ET and will be televised on live on ESPN and streamed at WatchESPN.
The current NBA Vegas betting odds have Cleveland listed as 8.5 point home favorites over the Heat, while the total is set at 193.5.
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A Closer Look At the Miami Vs Cleveland Betting Odds & My Free Pick
The Miami Heat have been suffering since LeBron James bolted for Cleveland and have looked like anything but the defending Eastern Conference champions as they come in with a paltry 22-29 overall, but if the playoffs started today then they would be the 7th seed.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been on fire of late after a bumpy start. They have won 13 of their last 14, including their last 9 at home, with 8 of those 9 wins being by double digits. The Cavs are now 32-21 on the year and have closed the gap for the Central Division lead to just a half a game behind Chicago.
Matchup: Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Feb. 11, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Miami Vs Cleveland
Point Spread: Cleveland -8.5
Game Total: 194
Wednesday’s meeting will be the second between Lebron James and his former team after their Christmas Day tilt in Miami where the Heat won 101-91. The Cavaliers were six-point favorites in that matchup but were unable to deliver the win despite the home team was without all-star power forward Chris Bosh due to a calf injury.
"No matter what, as tough as it’s been on this team this season so far, we always come to play," Bosh said. "Guys want to win. Guys show up and compete, no matter what. That’s what I’ve loved about this group."
The Heat win came on the strength of Dwayne Wade’s 31 points. Wade will miss a seventh straight game and this weekend’s All-Star festivities with a hamstring injury.
"We didn’t have a bad breakup," Wade said. "We played against each other for seven years, man. The weirdness just wasn’t there. It wasn’t like we played against each other our whole career and the breakup happened. We played against each other for seven years, then with each other for a period of time, then he went back to the same situation and I’m in the same place."
A lot has changed for the Cavs since that Christmas Day loss. Cleveland added JR Smith and Iman Shumpert from the NY Knicks and Timofey Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets and gelling in the process to become the hottest team to bet on in the NBA.
The Cavs are averaging 108.3 points during a 13-1 stretch, including nine straight home wins for their longest run there since taking 11 in a row from Feb. 23-April 6, 2010 – during James’ first stint with the franchise.
James is averaging 27.6 points on 50.0 percent shooting in his last 14 games after coming two assists shy of a triple-double Sunday, scoring 22 points with 10 rebounds.
The four-time MVP, though, feels there’s still room for improvement.
"It’s getting there," James said of Cleveland’s recent success. "We do a great job of communicating on and off the floor, and guys get along and that’s the most important thing.
"We got good chemistry and at the end of the day, all we want to do is win."
Miami has controlled the series since 2009, winning 14 of the last 20 games but they are 7-12-1 against the spread in those games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers (32-21 SU, 25-28 ATS) are the 9th best offense in the NBA, averaging 102.0 points per game, and the 12th ranked defense, allowing 99.2 PPG. Lebron James leads the squad with 26.0 points per night, 7.4 assists while Kyrie Irving averages 21.9 PPG and Kevin Loves contributes with 17.1.
The Miami Heat (21-29 SU, 22-26-2 ATS) has the second worst offensive unit in the NBA, averaging just 92.4 points per game, but they do have the second best defense in the league, allowing 96.3 PPG. They are the worst rebounding team in the league, and the second worst rank in terms of assists. Dwayne Wade has averaged 21.4 points per game but has only played 35 of their 50 games this season.
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Miami is 15-11-1 ATS away from home, 7-10-1 ATS as a favorite and 15-16-1 ATS as underdog. Cleveland has won 13 of their last 14 games, posting a 15-14 ATS record at home this season, 21-20 ATS as favorites and 4-8 ATS as dogs.