All things considered, the Cleveland Cavaliers should fare well against the Miami Heat.
Both teams have had some strong battles over the past couple of years, but health isn’t on Erik Spoesltra’s side this time.
Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and Haywood Highsmith will all be out of the game with injuries, and the Cavs need to make the most of their days off to beat a team down three starters.
Nonetheless, Heat insider Wes Goldberg recently pointed out the fact that the Cavs’ starting lineup actually has a negative box-plus-minus when they’re on the floor together, which is why he still likes the Heat’s chances.
Goldberg admitted that the Cavs have the most talent of all teams, especially in that starting five, but the Heat should be able to get off to a hot start and finish the game strong against that struggling lineup.
Truth be told, it’s kind of crazy to think that the Cavs haven’t been able to shake up that lineup, granted that Isaac Okoro is back to full strength and he could provide some much-needed defense, all while Max Strus works as the first guy off the bench.
The Cavs are fresh off beating the Orlando Magic in a big way, and Donovan Mitchell talked about how staying consistent and keeping their foot on the gas will be key for them now.
Both teams have the same record and have been up and down this season, but the Cavs are healthier and better, so they need to prove it on the court.