A contest featuring two of the strongest teams in the NBA defensively features the Cleveland Cavaliers (41-26) favored by two points as they visit the Miami Heat (35-31) at FTX Arena on March 8, 2023. The over/under in this contest is set at 215.
How to bet Cavaliers vs. Heat
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 2 points, with bookmakers listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -131 odds to pick up the win, while the Heat are listed at +110 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 215 points.
Cavaliers vs. Heat Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: BSSU
- Location: Miami, Florida
- Arena: FTX Arena
Cavaliers vs. Heat Betting Trends
Against the spread, the Cavaliers are 36-30-1 this season. Cleveland has been the favorite in 53 games this season and has come away with the win 38 times (71.7%) in those contests. Cavaliers games this year have hit the over on 32 of 66 set point totals.
The Heat have played 66 games, with 23 wins against the spread. Miami has been the moneyline underdog 19 total times this season. Miami has gone 6-13 in those games. Heat games this year have hit the over 43.9% of the time (29 out of 66 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Cavaliers vs. Heat Injury Report
Heat: Kevin Love: Questionable (Knee), Kyle Lowry: Out (Knee)
What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland is scoring 112.1 points per game this season (24th-ranked in NBA), but it has really shined defensively, surrendering just 106.6 points per game (best). When playing at home, the Cavaliers are putting up 3.4 more points per game (113.7) than they are in road games (110.3). The Cavaliers’ offense has been better over their last 10 games, scoring 113.5 points per contest compared to the 112.1 they’ve averaged this season.
With 11.5 treys per game, Cleveland is 18th in the NBA. It sports a 36.4% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 13th in the league. Of the shots attempted by the Cavaliers in 2022-23, 62.8% of them have been two-pointers (72.2% of the team’s made baskets) and 37.2% have been from beyond the arc (27.8%).
What you need to know about the Miami Heat
Miami is the worst squad in the NBA in points scored (108.5 per game) but second-best in points allowed (109.1). The Heat average 109.5 points per game at home, and 107.4 on the road. In their past 10 games, the Heat are putting up 108.6 points per game, 0.1 more than their season average (108.5).
In 2022-23 Miami is 17th in the league in 3-point makes (11.7 per game) and fourth-worst in 3-point percentage (33.7%). In 2022-23, the Heat have taken 40.3% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 59.7% percent from inside it. In terms of made shots, 30% of the Heat’s buckets have been 3-pointers, and 70% have been 2-pointers.
Our prediction to win this matchup is the Cavaliers, and we expect that Heat will cover the spread (Cavaliers -2). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 215 points.
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