Saturday, March 4, 2017
American Airlines Arena
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The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to American Airlines Arena to play the Miami Heat on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland as 4.5 point favorites.
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The Cavaliers come into this game with an overall record of 41-18. They are 1st in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 5.0 as they are averaging 110.9 points per game while giving up 105.9 per contest. The have an overall record of 28-33. They currently are 3rd in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 102.0 points per game and surrendering 102.0, good for a point differential of 0.0.
Kyrie Irving comes into this contest averaging 24.7 points per game while playing 35.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 3.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is currently at 91%. Lebron James averages 25.7 points per game in 37.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 8.9 assists per contest and 8 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 54% for the year while his free throw percentage is 69%.
Hassan Whiteside averages 16.6 points per game while playing 32.8 minutes per contest this year for the Heat. He grabs 14.1 rebounds per game and has 0.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 56% and his free throw percentage currently is at 58%. Goran Dragic averages 20.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.9 rebounds per contest and 6.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 79%.
Cleveland averages 110.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 5.02 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 5th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 43.9 rebounds per game and 22.4 assists per game which ranks them 13th and 14th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 13.8 per game. The Cavaliers allow 105.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 19th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 15th and 23rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.8 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 24.6 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the league.
Miami averages 102 points per game this year which ranks them 24th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -0.02 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 17th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 15th in the NBA. They average 44 rebounds per game and 21.4 assists per contest which ranks them 11th and 21st respectively. In the turnover department the Heat rank 19th with 13.6 per game. The Heat allow 102 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 6th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44 rebounds a game which ranks 18th and they give up 20.2 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. The Heat force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers have an offensive rating of 113.9 and a defensive rating of 108.8. In terms of pace they average 96.7 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 54%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they shoot 3 pointers on 40% of their shots. Cleveland turns the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions and they force 12 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Heat rating on offense is 106.4 and they have a defensive rating of 106.4. They get 95.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 51%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 31% of their shot attempts. Miami turns the ball over on 12.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.3 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 27-30-2 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 33-26-0 against the over/under
Miami Heat Betting Trends
The Miami Heat are 36-25-0 against the spread
The Miami Heat are 28-33-0 against the over/under
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/21/16 G J.R. Smith Thumb out indefinitely
12/16/16 F Chris Andersen ACL out for season
03/03/17 C Andrew Bogut Acquired expected to miss Friday vs. Atlanta & Saturday vs. Miami
02/14/17 F Kevin Love Knee expected to miss 6 weeks
Miami Heat Injuries
12/27/16 F Josh McRoberts Foot out indefinitely
10/22/16 F Chris Bosh Blood Clot out for season
03/03/17 F Willie Reed Calf is downgraded to doubtful Friday vs. Orlando
03/02/17 G Dion Waiters Ankle "?" Friday vs. Orlando
03/02/17 C Hassan Whiteside Eye probable Friday vs. Orlando
03/02/17 G Rodney McGruder Quad injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Orlando
01/04/17 F Justise Winslow Shoulder out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Miami +4.5
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