NBA lines expectations for Miami have not even come close to being fulfilled as coach Erik Spoelstra is under intense fire for the slow start with the NBA betting odds.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Miami Heat on Thursday night with a telecast on TNT set for 8 PM ET. Sports-Gambling will have the side and total odds on this matchup so be sure and join today with a new account.
Miami had a basketball betting record of 10-8 straight up and 5-13 against the spread with 10 of their games going over the total. The Heat were 2-5 against the spread on the road with 4 of the games going under.
The lethargic start has shot down all fantasies and wild smack talk about the Heat breaking the 1996 Chicago Bulls single season record for wins and of being a dynasty.
Instead Miami is in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference playoff race and everyone is waiting for team President Pat Riley to lower the boom on Spoelstra and take over as coach.
Heat players are now grumbling publicly over their dissatisfaction with Spoelstra and James was seen bumping the coach last weekend, although it is being downplayed. The problem for Spoelstra is that he simply is too young and lacks the credibility of Riley, who won NBA titles with the Lakers and in 2006 with the Heat.
It is a near impossible situation for everyone with Riley sitting in the stands every night and there is the sense that the players are waiting for him to come down to coach at any moment.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had an online basketball betting record of 7-9 straight up and 8-8 against the spread with 10 of their games going under the total. Cleveland has gone under the total in 7 of 8 games. Offense has been a major problem for the Cavs as their leading scorer was Daniel Gibson who was averaging just 12.9 points per game.
Cleveland ranked 27th overall in the NBA for scoring but a decent 15th for defense.
While there will be a huge overflow crowd of loud Cleveland fans you can also be sure that the Heat will bring their A-Game in this key matchup with the NBA lines out of respect for James.