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Miami Heat (24-25) at Cleveland Cavaliers (39-11)
Thursday February 4th, 8:00PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – TBA
The Cleveland Cavaliers own the best record in the NBA and have rallied off 9 straight wins over the last 3 weeks. The Cavaliers who also own one of the best home records in the NBA (20-3) host the Miami Heat tonight in their 3rd straight home game in what is a long 8 game home stand in Cleveland. The Cavaliers have racked up 4 straight impressive victories by at least 10 points or more. However, before that they just barely held of Miami in a close 92-91 outcome in a game that featured brilliant performances by both team’s superstars in Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.
In the last meeting, both James and Wade knocked down 32 points a piece. However, it was James who had the last laugh knocking down two free throws in the final 5 seconds of the game to go up by a point. Wade attempted a game winning shot as time expired, but the shot did not fall. Wade and the Heat know attempt to get a little revenge even though it will likely be more difficult on the Cavaliers home floor. Miami is coming off another hard fought loss last night to the Boston Celtics 107-102.
The Heat exchanged the lead with the Celtics back and forth throughout the game, but once again could not close the deal in the 4th quarter. Wade drained another 30 points against the Celtics while surprisingly getting a solid supporting cast as 5 additional teammates scored at least 10 points in the contest. The Cavaliers have only given up 92 points per game at home this season so the Heat who shot a solid 52% from the floor last night will need another solid effort to score the win.
The Cavaliers had Wednesday night off for rest after taking down the Grizzlies on Tuesday 105-89. The win marked the 3rd in a row the Cavaliers have held their opponent to less than 90 points total. Lebron James showed out on Tuesday, but it was not the points that were impressive. James did have 22 respectable points, but the 15 assists really impressed as nearly all of the Cavaliers starters got involved. Even Shaq put in 13 points while pulling down 13 boards in the contest. Daniel Gibson knocked down 16 points in the contest and his play is huge during the absence of Mo Williams.
One thing that hurt the Cavaliers during the last meeting with the Heat outside of Wade’s 32 points is they allowed too many second chance opportunities. Miami, who is one of the worse rebounding teams in the league, pulled down nearly 50 rebounds against the Cavaliers just two short weeks ago. Shaq, James, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas must do a better job this Thursday in securing those rebounds and preventing those second chances for the Heat. If that happens, the Cavaliers should be fine.