The NBA season rolls on and we go straight in early on this time with a pick in order to try and take advantage of some poor lines early on.
CLE Cavaliers -4 to beat MIA Heat @ 1.67 (Bet365) – 3 points
The Cleveland Cavaliers come into this game knowing that they will be an important player short with Varejao out for the season; the rest of the Cavaliers and namely Tristan Thompson will need to step up to the plate to contribute. The Cavaliers are in a bit of a confident mood after 3 straight wins including victories over Memphis, Brooklyn and Minnesota; while overall winning 7 out of their last 10 games.
LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have been the focal points of this team, and why shouldn’t they be when everyone expects them to perform. However, it has been the play of of one Dion Waiters that has actually brought in confidence to the 2nd unit and then adding Waiters to the finishing crew at the end of games. Waiters is averaging 15 points per game during the last 5, and has had 3 20 point games out of the last 5, which has see his reliability improve by the team and Blatt to have him at the end of the game.
The Miami Heat are struggling despite an initial early start, the absence of Chris Bosh has really put the team in a lurch, where they have really struggled to keep pace with the upper echelons of the Eastern Conference and now boast a losing record of 13-16. Dwayne Wade has shown glimpses of returning to FLASH mode, but without much support and a big guy to rely on, its been tough for them. Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and Luol Deng have chipped in one match or the other, but none of them have been delivering consistently to help them secure wins.
Miami have been embarrassed in some recent games losing to Philadelphia (after they were leading by 23), Utah and Denver among weaker teams in recent week; and with James coming into town with the 4th best offensive efficient team in the league; I can definitely make a case that the Heat could potentially get smashed here tonight.