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#505 Cleveland Cavaliers 214.5 vs.
#506 Miami Heat -10.5
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:35pm EST
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: November 20, 2019, American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL, 7:30 PM ET

The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to put an end to a four-game losing streak in Wednesday’s road trip to Florida to take on the Miami Heat. It was only last Thursday when the Heat visited Ohio and handed the Cavaliers a 97-108 loss. Cleveland has since gone on to lose to the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks. Meanwhile, the Heat are coming off a 109-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. They have yet to lose a game at home this season.

Same old Cavaliers beginning to surface

It was only a matter of time before the Cavaliers slipped back into old habits.

The moonwalking continued in Monday’s loss to the Knicks in a game where they actually had the better field goal shooting percentage. But they also had 20 turnovers that went for 32 points the other way. It was the same backbreaking mental errors that constantly haunt the young team.

“This isn’t just a tough loss like it was in Philly where we competed,” Cavaliers head coach John Beilein said after the game, via Cleveland.com. “We got blown out in our own arena on a Sunday afternoon in front of a great crowd. It measures you a little bit. We’ve got to bounce back from it and find a way to make the changes in everything that we do. Effort areas, defense, offense, rotations, everything. Just keep looking at it because these last two games have not been in the right direction.”

The Heat are easily one of the best defensive teams in the league, and they’ll work hard to feast on turnovers. It’s a tough match-up for a Cavaliers team only averaging 104.5 points per game. That means they won’t have much room for mistakes. Points are going to be hard to come by, and they have to make the most out of every possession.

Kevin Love possibly being back in the lineup would be huge for the Cavaliers. He’s the team’s leading scorer and rebounder on the floor. There is also the veteran leadership he brings to a roster full of young talent. The Heat are a much-improved team on the offensive end of the floor as well. So the Cavaliers will need all of the help they can get to combat a truly tough opponent on both ends of the floor.

Are the Heat for real?

The Heat have been rolling since the start of the season, and they are currently unbeaten when playing at home in the American Airlines Arena. Yet, only one of those victories came against a team with a winning record.

Even in the team’s recent three-game win streak, all three opponents have losing records with a 12-27 combined overall record. There is plenty to like from the Heat early in the season, but it’s still a toss-up as to whether they’ll continue to scale the standings as one of the top-three teams in the Eastern Conference.

They’ll take another opponent with a losing record in Wednesday’s home game against the Cavaliers. It’s already a defensive mismatch on paper with the Cavaliers struggling with a 43.3 shooting percentage from the floor. The possibility of Love returning does give them a significant weapon on offense they didn’t have against the Knicks, which is something the Heat will have to take into account on defense. Love is tough to guard due to his ability to stretch out a defense with his long-range shooting skills.

The Cavaliers have been mediocre on the defensive end of the floor, but the Heat won’t have any excuses with this game being at home against a team that gave up 123 points to the Knicks. Forwards Justice Winslow, Derrick Jones Jr. and KZ Okpala have all been ruled out for the game with injuries. That’ll leave the grunt work to center Bam Adebayo and reserve forwards Kelly Olynyk and Meyers Leonard.

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The Cavaliers didn’t show much life against a bad Knicks team at home. So it’s hard to envision them suddenly getting up for a road game against one of the best defensive teams in the league. The legitimacy of the Heat being one of the top teams in the league can be debated until both sides are blue in the face, but there is no questioning their elite defense.

They were locking teams down on that end of the floor last season as well when they didn’t have the offense to match. Now, they are suddenly playing good basketball on both ends of the court. Say what you want about Jimmy Butler, but his presence has taken the team’s confidence to a whole new level.

And when is anyone going to start talking about undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn averaging 17.8 points per game?

The Sunshine State is the perfect nickname for Florida considering how bright the future is shining for this Heat team. There are simply too many turnovers and not enough offense for the Cavaliers.

I’m taking the Heat to continue rolling to their fourth straight win.

Prediction: Miami Heat (-9)

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The Heat are holding opponents to 100.0 points per game at home, and they’ll be facing a Cavaliers team averaging 99.0 points in their last three outings. They aren’t playing good basketball right now, and Wednesday’s trip to the American Airlines Arena will be like visiting a house of horrors.

The Heat’s improved offense isn’t necessarily blowing anyone away. Even though they’re getting it done with guys like Butler, Nunn and Goran Dragic, it’s still a team that plays to its defensive strengths, and I don’t see that changing in this game. Give me the under betting total here.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.