BEST ODDS TO BET ON:
- Underdogs: Cavaliers +5.5 (-111)
- Heat vs. Cavaliers Over/Under: 225 points
Cleveland (38-25-2 ATS) is 5-0 ATS in its last five games played on a Friday but is 4-15 ATS in its last 15 contests against Miami. The Cavs are 3-6 SU in their last nine matches but are 3-11in their last 14 outings against the Heat.
Miami won seven of its last nine games before dropping a 90-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. The Heat (39-27-1 ATS) are 5-1 ATS in their last six games, 12-3 SU in their last 15 matches and 19-1 SU in their last 20 contests when playing at home against the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers won their last two games after dropping the previous three matches after coming off a 127-124 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. All Star point guard Darius Garland is expected to lead Cleveland with 21 points and 8.3 assists per game, while averaging close to three 3-pointers (2.6) per game.
Final Predictions and Picks:
- Spread —107 Miami Heat – 102 Cleveland Cavaliers
- Over/Under — OVER 225 points
A look at Thursday’s predictions:
Kevin Durant scored 18 of his 34 points in the first half on 10 of 17 shooting along with 14 rebounds, Seth Curry had 24 points, while Kyrie Irving added 22 points and five assists to help the Brooklyn Nets take down James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers, 129-100, for their second-straight win since snapping a four-game losing streak.
Stephen Curry scored 34 points on five 3-pointers and 11 of 21 shooting while Jordan Poole scored 21 points off the bench as the Golden State Warriors got back at the Denver Nuggets, 113-102. Klay Thompson and rookie Jonathan Kuminga scored 18 points each for the Warriors, who bounced back from a 124-131 loss in Denver on Monday.
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