Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/16/2014
Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 PM on SUN, FSOH
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
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LeBron James returning to face the Cleveland Cavaliers doesn't have as much luster as it once did but that won't stop the King from putting on another show for the hometown fans who have remained loyal. After all, there's still an outside chance that King James will test free agency in 2014 and Cleveland fans want to show there's no ill blood towards their former hero even if there still is.
Miami has bigger fish to fry and could use a victory in their attempt to capture the 1 seed in the East from Indiana. With 20 games to go the Heat trail by 4 in the win column and haven't helped their cause lately by losing 5 out of 6 games. The losses include back to back home losses to Brooklyn and Denver where Miami was 9 and 11 point favorites respectively.
The Cavs have faint playoff hopes alive, trailing the 8th spot by 3.5 games with 16 left to play. Cleveland didn't necessarily start off March playing with a sense of urgency by losing the first 4 games but redeemed themselves with back to back impressive road victories over Phoenix and Golden State.
Miami was victorious in the previous 2 meetings against Cleveland this season, a 95-84 victory in Cleveland on November 27th and a 114-107 home win on December 14th. In the last matchup Cleveland was able to cover as 12.5 underdogs even though they notched the outright loss. A balanced attack where 6 Cleveland players scored in double figures and 25, 24, and 22 points from James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh enabled the 199.5 total to soar well over.
Miami is 15-16-1 ATS on the road this season
Miami is 19-12-1 against the over/under on the road this season
Cleveland is 16-16-0 ATS at home this season
Cleveland is 12-20-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
No injuries to report at this time
03/10/14 F Anthony Bennett Knee out indefinitely
02/24/14 G C.J. Miles Ankle out indefinitely
01/28/14 G Carrick Felix Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Miami
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