The Miami Heat have a 2-0 advantage over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the season series between the two sides. They last met in the first week of April when the Heat beat the Cavaliers 115-101 in the reverse fixture.
Fixture - Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers | 2020-21 NBA Season.
Date & Time - Saturday, May 1st; 8:00 PM ET (Sunday 2nd; 5:30 AM IST).
Venue - Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH.
Miami Heat Preview
The Miami Heat have been quite inconsistent of late, winning just two of their last four games. They have an opportunity to finish the regular season seeded sixth or better, being two games behind the fourth-seeded Knicks and half-a-game behind the fifth-seeded Hawks and the sixth-seeded Celtics.
The Miami Heat will have to win regularly, though, to achieve a better seeding. It would guarantee them direct qualification to the playoffs instead of playing in the play-in tournament.
They beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-111 in their last outing. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo once again shone for the side with 29 and 21 points, respectively.
It wasn't an easy win, however. The Heat were trailing by seven points late in the third quarter and had to rally back to avoid a back-to-back series sweep against the Spurs.
Key Player - Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler has been the best player for the Miami Heat, delivering on both ends of the floor. He is the team leader in points (21.7), assists (7.2), and steals per contest (2.1), so far this season. Butler is expected to lead the team offensively as usual, but he will also be tasked with guarding the likes of Darius Garland and Collin Sexton for the game.
The young backcourt stars are also the offensive anchors of Cleveland Cavaliers. Limiting them would brighten the Miami Heat's chances of beating a side that is not in playoff contention.
Point Guard - Kendrick Nunn l Shooting Guard - Duncan Robinson l Small Forward - Jimmy Butler l Power Forward - Trevor Ariza l Center - Bam Adebayo.
Cleveland Cavaliers Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a much healthier squad in recent weeks but haven't been able to capitalize on it. They have managed to win just three of their last 11 games and are on a five-match skid heading into this contest.
The 2016 NBA champions have struggled massively overall and haven't clicked on offense or defense during their poor run. In their last outing, they lost to the Washington Wizards 93-122. Collin Sexton waged a lone war on the offensive end, scoring 22 points on the night, but his teammates kept struggling as the Cavaliers shot just 41.5% from the field.
The Cleveland Cavaliers also committed 24 turnovers, which played a huge role in them losing their fifth game on the bounce.
Key Player - Jarrett Allen
Jarrett Allen seems to have rediscovered his mojo of late. He started his stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in great fashion but cooled down drastically once the Cavaliers started to stutter mid-season. He has been averaging 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest in his last five appearances.
The Cavs will need him to carry this solid form into the game. He will be up against Bam Adebayo, who has come up big on both ends of the floor for the Miami Heat this season. The outcome of Allen's matchup could play a key role in the way this game plays out.
Point Guard - Darius Garland l Shooting Guard - Collin Sexton l Small Forward - Isaac Okoro l Power Forward - Kevin Love l Center - Jarrett Allen.
Heat vs Cavaliers Prediction
The Miami Heat appear to be in better form compared to the Cleveland Cavaliers and will be the favorites to win this tie. Additionally, the Heat have winning momentum on their side as well, which could prove to be a key aspect concerning the outcome of the game.
Where to watch the Heat vs Cavaliers game?
The game between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be televised locally on Bally Sports Ohio and Bally Sports Sun. International viewers can stream the game via NBA League Pass.