Free NBA Picks Today: Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers 3/8/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers 3/8/23
Wed 8th March 2023

The Miami Heat (35-31, 21-12 Home) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (41-26, 13-19 Away) Wednesday in what may turn out to be a low-scoring game. Cleveland defeated the Boston Celtics 118-114 in overtime at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Monday. Donovan Mitchell had a standout performance with 40 points and 11 rebounds. The Cavaliers are fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Miami won a close one on Monday at FTX Arena, beating the Atlanta Hawks 130-128. Jimmy Butler had 26 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists, leading the team. The Heat are seventh in the Eastern Conference. This marks the final meeting of the season between the teams.

Cleveland and Miami have split their two matchups this season. The Heat earned the win in the most recent meeting, beating the Cavaliers 100-97 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on January 31. Butler led the Heat with 23 points.

Evan Mobley had 19 points in the loss. The Cavs have been led this season by Mitchell, who is averaging 27.6 points per game, eighth-highest in the NBA.

Meanwhile, Darius Garland is dishing 7.9 assists per game, seventh-most in the NBA, and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 9.7 rebounds per game.Butler (21.9 ppg), Bam Adebayo (21.2), and Tyler Herro (20.3) have supplied much of the Heat’s offense.

Adebayo also has pulled down 9.7 rebounds per game, while Butler has recorded 5.2 assists per game.The Cavaliers and the Heat rank as two of the stingiest defenses in the league, second and fifth in defensive efficiency, respectively.

The Cavaliers have not found much success at FTX Arena in recent seasons, losing nine of the last 10 trips. Cleveland is looking to avoid a fourth consecutive road loss this season. Cleveland is 6-4 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +4.7 (113.5-108.8). Miami has gone 4-6 over the last 10, allowing 114.4 points per game on average while scoring only 108.6 (-5.8 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Ricky Rubio: 6.0 | 10.4 | -4.4
Points per game:
Caris LeVert: 7.0 | 11.5 | -4.5


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Max Strus: 12.0 | 17.6 | -5.6
Points per game:
Max Strus: 8.6 | 12.0 | -3.4
Rebounds per game:
Jimmy Butler: 8.4 | 6.1 | +2.3
Assists per game:
Jimmy Butler: 6.6 | 5.2 | +1.4

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Miami Heat (+110)

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