Cavaliers vs Heat Prediction - NBA Picks 12/8/23

Miami Heat (12-9) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (12-9)

Game Info: Friday, December 8, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Kaseya Center)

Betting Odds: Miami Heat +1 -- Over/Under: 218.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers invade the Kaseya Center to do battle with the Miami Heat on Friday night. Here’s a Cavs vs Heat Prediction.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in fine form as they've won four of their past five games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after beating the Magic in a 121-111 win on Wednesday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 35 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Darius Garland added 26 points with nine assists while Max Strus chipped in with 17 points and six assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 53 percent from the field and 14 of 34 from the 3-point line as they dominated right from the start, outscoring the Magic by 37-20 in the first quarter to build a 23-point lead, allowing them to cruise in the second half unchallenged.

Cleveland Cavaliers Player Facts

  • Donovan Mitchell ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for steals per game (2.0) this season.
  • Darius Garland ranks 8th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.

Miami Heat

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have been a little below their best lately as they've lost four of their last six games overall, but they will be eager to build some momentum after beating the Raptors in a 112-103 road win on Wednesday. Caleb Martin led the team with 24 points, 12 rebounds and three assists on nine of 16 shooting, Duncan Robinson added 21 points with seven assists, Jimmy Butler scored 19 points with eight assists while Orlando Robinson chipped in with 15 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Heat shot 46 percent from the field and 14 of 38 from the 3-point line, but this win was more about their defense, particularly in the second half where they restricted the Raptors to just 37 points to earn the much-needed victory.

Miami Heat Player Facts

  • Jimmy Butler ranks T6th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (88.6%) this season.
  • Kyle Lowry ranks 18th amongst qualified players for 3P% (43.6%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Heat rank 29th in the league for blocks per game this season (3.2).
  • The Heat rank 3rd in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (9.2).
  • The Cavaliers rank 26th in the league for three-point field goals made per game this season (11.1).
  • The Cavaliers rank 26th in the league for Q4 points per game this season (26.2).

Cavs vs Heat Prediction

The Cavaliers are stiill shorthanded with Caris LeVert, Ty Jerome and Evan Mobley all on the injury report, while the Heat are still missing Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo. The Cavaliers come into this meeting with plenty of momentum and they were clinical in their win over the Magic on Wednesday. The Heat are still good enough to win games despite missing some key players and it's because of role players like Caleb Martin and Duncan Robinson stepping up. It's tempting to take the Heat as underdogs at home, but I'm not sure they can beat this Cavaliers team unless Butler has himself a big game. You can make an argument for either side here, but I'm leaning towards the Cavaliers to get the job done on the road.

Peter’s Pick Cleveland -1

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