Both teams will be on a back to back when the 18-37 Cleveland Cavaliers hit the road to face the 39-14 Miami Heat in an NBA pro basketball game on Sunday night. Tip time from Miami is scheduled for 6PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA odds from this game has the home team Miami Heat favored by -12 ½ points with an over under line of 204 points. Early money has landed on the Cavaliers as the game opened Miami favored by -13 points when the odds came out a few hours ago.
The teams met way back on November 24th with the Heat posting the 110-108 home win against the Cavaliers as a -15 point betting favorite. The total landed over 197 ½ points.
Cleveland has a road record of 7-21 on the season. They win their second straight game following a 118-94 road win at the Orlando Magic on Saturday as a -5 point betting favorite. The game ended over the total of 200 points. The Cavs outscored the Magic in the second half by a 67-43 margin. They shot 49.4% from the floor along with 9 of 21 coming from the three point line. Cleveland allowed Orlando 48.1% shooting and pulled down nine more rebounds than Orlando. Marreese Speights had 18 points and 8 rebounds on 4 of 8 shooting for Cleveland. We have seen an upsurge offensively from this Cavaliers team. They have put up 103 or more points in six of their past eight games. Cleveland has to be better defensively to become a playoff contender next season as they rank 30th and last in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage as they allow 47.7% shooting to their opponents. That is a concern on Sunday as the Miami Heat feasts on bad defensive teams.
Miami is 23-2 straight up on their home court. This will be their fourth game in five nights. The Heat has never looked better this season as they register their tenth straight win in a 114-90 road win at the Philadelphia 76ers as a -8 ½ point betting favorite. The total came in at over 185 points. The Heat shot 58.4% from the floor along with 9 of 21 coming from the three point line. They allow 44.9% shooting to the 76ers in the win. Dwyane Wade had 33 points and 6 rebounds on 14 of 18 shooting. The Miami Heat offense at home generates 107.3 points per game and 51.1% from the field. They make 40.5% from three on their home court.