Heat at Cavaliers 1/25/19 - NBA Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/08/2019 at 4:38 AM ET

Quicken Loans Arena will play host to a Friday night NBA matchup between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat have lost consecutive games and are clinging to a 1.5 game lead over Detroit for the final playoff spot in the East. On Wednesday, Miami was outscored by 12 points during the second half of a 111-99 home loss versus the Los Angeles Clippers. The Heat missed 20 of their 28 long distance attempts and shot 47 percent overall.

Hassan Whiteside led five Miami players in double figures with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Josh Richardson added 17 points and five rebounds in a losing effort for the Heat. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost five straight games and own the worst record in the league at 31 games below .500 overall. On Wednesday, Cleveland was outscored by 18 points during the second quarter of a 125-103 road loss against Boston. The Cavaliers outrebounded the Celtics by a 53-45 margin and shot 44 percent from the field.

Cleveland F Cedi Osman tallied a team high 25 points on 8-for-11 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Rookie G Collin Sexton chipped in 16 points and six rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland F/C Tristan Thompson is dealing with a foot injury and is listed as day-to-day. The Cavaliers rank last in the league in defensive efficiency, so my lean on the total is the over. The stronger play is on Miami to take care of business against a weak Cleveland squad. Final Score Prediction, Miami Heat win and cover ATS 115-99.

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