The Miami-Dade Arena plays host to an Eastern Conference matchup between the Miami Heat (35-31) and Cleveland Cavaliers (41-26) on Wednesday. The Cleveland Cavaliers sit three positions ahead of the seventh-placed Miami Heat to rank fourth in the conference going into this contest. This match is sure to be a nail-biter, as two powerful defensive teams go toe-to-toe. It may even come down to the last few seconds before a victor is determined.
Miami Heat VS Cleveland Cavaliers Betting expert picks
Bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers to win (1.83) on the moneyline at Ohio sports betting sites.
The Miami Heat are 35-31 SU at the Miami-Dade Arena. Their record for the last five home games is 2-3 SU, leaving the hosts 4-6 SU in the last 10 overall. The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to end their three-game losing skid on the road. They have been on a two-game winning streak while playing at home though. This gives the away team a slight advantage, as its moneyline odds of 1.83 imply that there is a 55% chance of success.
Take the Cleveland Cavaliers to win outright against an out-of-sorts Miami Heat. The visitors are 41-26 for the season and are in brilliant form, winning their last two games straight up.
Miami Heat VS Cleveland Cavaliers Spread
Betting on the Cleveland Cavaliers -1.5 (1.91) is our favorite play for this matchup.
The Cleveland Cavaliers begin as the 1.5-point favorites against the Miami Heat. The spread is so close that it could be a neck-and-neck battle. That said, it was the Miami Heat that won four of the last five encounters at the Miami-Dade Arena. The average difference in points was 15.0.
The Miami Heat have gone 9-22-2 ATS at Miami-Dade Arena. Their overall record for the season is 23-40-3 ATS. The hosts are 2-8 ATS from their past ten games at Miami-Dade Arena, going 3-7 ATS in their last ten games overall.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have gone 15-17 ATS on the road. Their overall record for the season is 36-29-2 ATS. The visitors have a 6-4 ATS record from their ten most recent road trips, going 5-5 ATS in their last ten games overall.
Miami Heat VS Cleveland Cavaliers Total
Take Total over 212.0 (1.91) on the total.
Based on their head-to-head record, the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers look primed for a low-scoring affair. Both sides haven’t produced too many points in their ten most recent matchups. They averaged 214.5 points between them, including 214.8 points in the last five at the Miami-Dade Arena.
For this latest showdown, the total line is available at 212.0. This is 9.2 points higher than the combined 202.8-point average the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers put up in their last five meetings. Betting on the Under in the total market returns odds of 1.91.
At the Miami-Dade Arena, the Miami Heat have gone 16-17 O/U against the total. Their record for the season is 29-36 O/U. Betting on the over would’ve paid out as a winning bet in three of the last five home matches. The Miami Heat are 5-5 O/U in their last ten home and away matches combined.
The Cleveland Cavaliers went over the total in their last four road games. Their record away from home is 15-16 O/U. Recently, the visitors have exceeded expectations against the total. Their last five games averaged 229.0 points per game, going over three times.
Miami Heat VS Cleveland Cavaliers Betting trends
- Moneyline (ML): Cleveland Cavaliers (1.83) | Miami Heat (2.00)
- Against the spread (ATS): Cleveland Cavaliers -1.5 (1.91) | Miami Heat +1.5 (1.91)
- Over/Under (O/U): 212.0 (1.91) | (1.91)
Miami Heat Form
The Miami Heat put away 130 points in their last match against the Atlanta Hawks, winning 130-128. They’re now 4-6 in their past 10 games, going 21-12 at home for the season.
Going into Wednesday’s matchup, the Miami Heat have been struggling to put points on the board this season, with their average of 108.5 points per game being below average in the NBA. The hosts have kept their opponents to an average of 109.1 points per game and 108.7 points when playing at home.
After falling short in the Conference Finals last year, the Miami Heat are in contention for another playoff run. They find themselves as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. This will set them up for a spot in the Play-In Tournament come playoff time. The hosts are 35-31 this season and rank first in the Southeast Division.
Kyle Lowry, Kevin Love, and Nikola Jovic are all carrying injuries going into the latest Miami Heat game.
Cleveland Cavaliers Form
The Cleveland Cavaliers had a huge win in their last match against the Boston Celtics. They downed their opponents by a score of 118-114. The result extended their winning streak to two games, leaving the away team 41-26 for the season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers average 112.1 points per contest, putting them near the middle of the pack among NBA teams for most points. Defensively, the away team hasn’t been as effective in shutting out opponents recently, giving up 110.0 points in the last five matches and 106.6 points for the season.
Last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers had an underwhelming season, falling short of making it to the playoffs despite reaching the Play-In Tournament. Fortunately, they appear in a much better position to make the playoffs now. They are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Central Division.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have no reported injury concerns ahead of their latest matchup.
Miami Heat VS Cleveland Cavaliers H2H history
The Miami Heat avenged their defeat of 113-87 on November 2022 by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 2023, winning 97-100 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami-Dade Arena is a game the Miami Heat clearly relish. The hosts are 6-4 in the past ten meetings between the sides, as they won nine of the past nine encounters in front of their boisterous crowd.
The Miami Heat tallied 107.8 points on average per game from their ten most recent head-to-head games against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The latter managed an average of 106.7 points in comparison.