Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 1/31/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+4)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the site where the Cleveland Cavaliers will attempt to defeat the Miami Heat on Tuesday. Miami opens this matchup as 4-point dogs. The over/under comes in at 230.
The Heat stepped onto the hardwood against the Hornets and went home with a loss by a final score of 122-117 in their last contest. Miami walked away from the contest with a 48.4% FG percentage (45 out of 93) and made 10 of their 31 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Heat converted 17 of 23 shots for a rate of 73.9%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 36 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 26 dimes in this matchup while creating 19 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In terms of defending, Miami allowed 54.2% from the floor on 45 out of 83 shooting. Charlotte dished out 25 dimes and had 6 steals in this game. Moreover, Charlotte snagged 47 boards (11 offensive, 36 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Charlotte ended up shooting 77.3% when shooting free throws by making 17 of 22 attempts. They also buried 15 out of their 40 attempts from beyond the perimeter. In reference to fouls, the Heat ended up finishing with 17 while the Hornets finished the game with 18 fouls.
Jimmy Butler is one guy who played a role for the game. He left the arena with 28 points on 11 out of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 minutes and also pulled down 7 boards. Butler finished 78.6% from the floor and totaled 2 assists.
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Miami heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 28-23 for the season. They average 108.6 points per game (30th in the NBA) while hitting 45.3% from the field. The Heat are shooting 33.4% on 3-point shots (601 of 1,797) and 82.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Miami is snagging 41.4 boards per game and has 1,204 dimes on the year, which is 21st in the NBA in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.8 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Heat are forcing 16.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.8 fouls. They are ranked 16th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,277 surrendered this year. The Heat defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 47.5% (2,007 of 4,224) and they relinquish 42.3 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 36.8% on 3-pointers while they are 2nd in the league in points per game from their opponents (108.4).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Cavaliers got the victory with a final of 122-99 against the Clippers. The Cavaliers were able to snag 31 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 35 for this game. They also turned it over 10 times, while getting 9 steals in the matchup. The Clippers had 19 personal fouls for the game which got the Cavaliers to the free throw line for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 73.7%. Regarding 3-point shots, Cleveland made 20 out of their 33 attempts (60.6%). When all was said and done, the Cavaliers ended up going 44 for 78 from the field which gave them a percentage of 56.4%. The Cavaliers permitted the Clippers to make 37 out of 89 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 41.6% in the matchup. They finished shooting 10.5% from beyond the arc via 2 of 19 and finished the contest at 23 of 27 at the free throw line (85.2%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Cleveland permitted Los Angeles to pull down 45 overall (15 on the offensive glass).
Cedi Osman pitched in for the Cavaliers in this game. Osman earned 29 points in his 22 minutes on the hardwood and earned 2 dimes in this game. He made 11 of 13 in this contest for a field goal rate of 84.6%, and added 2 rebounds.
Cleveland has a record of 31-21 on the year. As an offensive team, the Cavaliers are shooting 48.4% from the floor, which ranks them 6th in basketball. Cleveland has accounted for 5,799 pts this season (111.5 per contest) and they collect 42.0 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.4 times per game (19th in the league) and they are giving up possession 13.9 times per game. The Cavaliers are responsible for committing 18.8 fouls per contest while shooting 77.7% from the charity stripe.
The Cleveland defense allows 37.0% on 3-point attempts (607 of 1,642) and opponents are connecting on 76.7% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 22.6 assists and 40.4 total rebounds per game, which is 1st and 1st in the NBA. The Cavaliers defensively are ranked 1st in basketball in points per game surrendered with 106.9. They are forcing their opponents into 15.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.7% from the floor (9th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Miami (+4)
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