Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 5/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (-4.5)
The Cleveland Cavaliers (21-41) host the Miami Heat (33-30) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Miami as 4.5-point favorites. The total opens at 219.
The Miami Heat faced the San Antonio Spurs and took home the win by a score of 116-111 in their last game. Miami ended having earned a 50.6% FG percentage (43 out of 85) and converted 9 out of their 25 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Heat converted 21 of their 24 shots for a percentage of 87.5%. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 48 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 26 dimes in this matchup while forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In the matter of the defense, Miami allowed the other team to go 46.6% from the floor on 41 out of 88 shooting. San Antonio earned 26 dimes and had 6 steals in the game. Moreover, San Antonio pulled down 40 boards (7 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 1 block. San Antonio ended up going 79.2% from the free throw line by making 19 of 24 tries. They converted 10 out of their 32 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Jimmy Butler is someone who was a factor for the game. He scored 29 points on 11 out of 23 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39:13 minutes and snagged 8 rebounds. Butler finished 47.8% from the floor and also distributed 6 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this contest for the Heat was Bam Adebayo. He grabbed 11 rebounds in his 32:05 minutes on the court. He walked away from this one shooting 63.6% from the floor for this contest by going 7-of-11 (21 points). When this game wrapped up, Adebayo earned 2 assists.
Miami heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 33-30 for the season. The Heat are hitting 34.8% on three-point attempts (792 of 2,276) and 79.1% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 106.5 pts per game (27th in the league) while hitting 46.1% from the field. They turn it over 14.3 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 18.9 fouls per contest. As a unit, Miami is pulling down 41.8 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,640 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 10th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Heat have forced 15.2 turnovers per game while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. The Heat defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 45.2% (957 of 1,239) and they concede 43.6 boards per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 24th in the league in giving up assists with 1,609 relinquished this year. They concede 36.1% on 3-point attempts while they are 3rd in basketball in PPG allowed (107.2).
The last time they took the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a defeat with a final score of 109-104 when they faced the Orlando Magic. The Cavaliers were able to pull down 32 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for this contest. They also turned it over 11 times, while earning 12 steals in the matchup. The Magic committed 21 fouls in the game which got the Cavaliers to the free throw line for 24 tries. They were able to convert 18 of those for a clip of 75.0%. In the matter of shooting from distance, Cleveland knocked down 12 of 44 tries (27.3%). Overall, the Cavaliers finished 37 for 92 from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.2%. The Cavaliers allowed the Magic to knock down 43 out of their 85 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.6% in this matchup. They went 34.5% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 10 of 29 and ended up shooting 13 out of 20 at the free throw line (65.0%). In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, Cleveland allowed Orlando to snag 49 in all (9 on the offensive glass).
Darius Garland ended up having an impact for the Cavaliers in the matchup. He made 10 of 24 in the game for a field goal rate of 41.7%, and had 2 rebounds. Garland earned 25 points in his 38:58 minutes on the hardwood and had 10 dimes for this game. One more player that was important for Cleveland was Cedi Osman. He wrapped the game up with 3 assists in his 32:08 mins played, and he converted 6 of 13 from the floor. Osman ended up shooting 46.2% from the field in addition to contributing 19 points and 4 boards.
Cleveland has a win-loss mark of 21-41 so far this season. As an offensive team, the Cavaliers are connecting on 45.4% from the field, which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Cleveland has accumulated 6,448 points this season (104.0 per game) and they average 42.5 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 24.1 times per game (20th in the NBA) and they turn it over 15.3 times per game. The Cavaliers have committed 18.6 fouls every game and they shoot 74.4% from the free throw line. The Cavaliers on the defensive side of the court are 11th in basketball in points given up per game with 111.0. They are forcing their opponents into 15.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.1% from the floor (28th in the NBA). The Cleveland defense gives up 38.0% on shots from distance (768 of 2,022) and their opponents are knocking down 77.4% of their foul shots. They concede 25.0 dimes and 43.5 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 16th and 14th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Cleveland (+4.5) and over 219 points
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