Cavaliers vs. Heat 2021 NBA Odds and Preview – December 1st, 2021

By Rex

The Cleveland Cavaliers travel south to face the Miami Heat at the FTX Arena. Wednesday night brings us another set of exciting games to watch and bet on. The Cavs look good after scoring back-to-back wins against the Magic and the Mavs, respectively. Meanwhile, the hosts try to make a comeback after a loss to the Nuggets.

NitroBetting provides a detailed look at this Cavs vs. Heat game. The team brings you closer to the best picks with the help of this preview. Find event info, team and player statistics, the latest NBA betting odds, trends, and predictions down below. Be sure to check out the latest Basketball betting odds at our online BTC sportsbook.

Cavaliers vs. Heat Game Information

  • When: Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
  • Where: FTX Arena, Miami, Florida
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: WMMS 100.7 FM (Cavs) / 790 THE TICKET (Heat)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: Cavs (TBA) / Heat (TBA)

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Why Bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers?

The Cavaliers were one of the biggest surprises in the Eastern Conference when the season took off. They started their campaign with nine wins in 14 games. This time around, they escaped a five-game losing streak with back-to-back wins.

The team averages 103.6 points (25th) per game on 45% shooting (17th). They utilize their opportunities in the paint and record 46.7 points in the area (tenth) per game. Darius Garland tops the team in points at 18.6 per game. He is followed by Jarrett Allen and Collin Sexton with 16-plus PPG per game. Lauri Markkanen, Ricky Rubio, Evan Mobley, Cedi Osman, and Kevin Love make their way to double-digit averages as well. This highlights a decent selection of scorers in the team.

Defense is where the Cavs shine. They hold opponents to just 102.6 points (second) per game. Jarrett Allen holds the team-high record with 11.3 rebounds per game. On top of that, they have the fifth-best opponent total rebounds record in the league. The side averages 51.0 opponent boards (fifth) per game.

The Cavs’ starting lineup is healthy and good to go. Second-choice players Cedi Osman and Dean wade are expected to sit this one out due to injury.

Why Bet on the Miami Heat?

The Heat aims to make an NBA Finals appearance this season and are on pace to secure a ticket to the playoffs with a 13-8 record. We expect to see the team spark a deep postseason run if they can continue the pace.

The Heat are one of the few teams that hold a top-ten record in offensive and defensive ratings. They average 108.8 points (13th) per game on 46.2% shooting (eight). We’ve seen decent three-point shooting for the team at 34.7%. However, they post more threats from the mid-range and the paint. The side makes 53.8% of two-point attempts and shoots 80.7% from the line (fifth).

Defensively, the hosts record 103.3 opponent points (third) per game. It’s going to be an exciting contest considering the Cavs hold opponents to under 103 points per game. However, Miami’s defense does a better job at limiting opponent rebounds. The team tops the league on opponent total rebounds at 48.8 per game. Edrice Adebayo leads his team in boards. The Center collects 10.2 RPGs in 21 contests.

Several key players are on the Heat’s questionable list. Starters Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo both nurse injuries, along with Tyler Herro and Dewayne Dedmon. If the aforementioned players do not get cleared for Wednesday’s game, the rest of the lineup needs to step up.

Cavaliers vs. Heat Betting Trends

  • The Cavs are 4-1 in their last five regular-season road games (4-1 ATS).
  • The Cavs are 1-3 in their last five regular-season games against the Heat (1-3 ATS).
  • The totals went over in five of the Cavs’ last five regular-season games against the Heat.
  • The Heat are 3-2 in their last five regular-season games at the FTX Arena (3-2 ATS).
  • The Heat are 5-0 in their last five regular-season home games against the Cavs (5-1 ATS).
  • The totals went under in two of the Heat’s last five regular-season games.

Cavaliers vs. Heat Expert Betting Prediction

The Miami Heat enters the game as the favorites. There are several reasons behind this, starting with a better overall record and more consistent numbers from their players. This is expected of a team that aims to make the Finals. Meanwhile, the Cavs are likely to find themselves trying to relieve some of the pressure and keep the deficit close. Covering the spread shouldn’t be much of a problem, but playing in front of a tough Miami crowd can be unnerving for the visitors.

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