Heat vs. Cavaliers NBA Preview (3/20/24): Odds, Lineups & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on March 20, 2024 - Last Updated on March 21, 2024
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Cavaliers Vs. Heat Preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Miami Heat in a key Eastern Conference matchup at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The game will not be nationally televised.

Heat vs. Cavaliers pregame odds for Wednesday night

According to the NBA betting odds for tonight’s game, the Cavaliers are slight home favorites over the Heat. The season series is tied 1-1, with each side getting a road win. The over/under stands at 203.5 points for this meeting of two Eastern Conference squads that are battling for playoff positioning. Current odds at Massachusetts sports betting apps are as follows:

  • DraftKings: Cavaliers -2, over/under 203.5
  • FanDuelCavaliers -1.5, over/under 204.0
  • CaesarsCavaliers -2, over/under 203.5
  • BetMGM: Cavaliers -2.5, over/under 203.5

Odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Heat vs. Cavaliers. 

Heat vs. Cavaliers projected starting lineups (3/20/24)

Heat starting lineup tonight

PG: Terry Rozier
SG: Duncan Robinson
SF: Jimmy Butler (game-time decision)
PF: Nikola Jovic (game-time decision)
C: Bam Adebayo

Cavaliers starting lineup tonight

PG: Darius Garland
SG: Caris LeVert
SF: Isaac Okoro
PF: Georges Niang
C: Jarrett Allen

Projected starting lineups & injuries for each team are provided by Sportsdata.

Heat vs. Cavaliers injuries for tonight’s game

Jimmy Butler has missed the last two games due to a foot injury. Caleb Martin and Jaime Jaquez have picked up extra minutes to fill the production. Nikola Jovic is also questionable with a hamstring injury — in which case Haywood Highsmith would draw the start. Additionally, Miami will be without Tyler Herro, Kevin Love, and Duncan Robinson.

Cleveland is also battling a long list of injuries as Donovan Mitchell, Evan Mobley, Max Strus, and Dean Wade are all ruled out. Caris LeVert, Isaac Okoro, and Georges Niang will enter the starting lineup.

Team standings & stats for tonight’s game

Miami Heat team stats ahead of tonight’s game

Miami enters tonight’s game 37-31 on the season, good for 8th in the Eastern Conference. They are 4-6 in their last ten games, which has largely been a result of injuries. The Heat’s most recent game was a 98-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Offensively they have struggled this season, but are a top-five defense when everyone is healthy. Below are the Heat’s team stats for this season:

  • Points per game: 109.8 (27th)
  • Points allowed per game: 109.3 (4th)
  • Rebounds per game: 42.3 (24th)
  • Assists per game: 25.7 (20th)
  • FG%: 46.4 (22nd)
  • 3PT%: 37.1 (12th)

Cleveland Cavaliers team stats ahead of tonight’s game

Cleveland is 43-25, which places them 3rd in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are 5-5 over their last 10 games, a span that includes a 117-111 home loss to the Phoenix Suns. This will be the team’s first home game following a 2-1 road swing. Here are the Cavaliers’ team stats on the season.

  • Points per game: 113.5 (19th)
  • Points allowed per game: 109.5 (6th)
  • Rebounds per game: 44.3 (8th)
  • Assists per game: 27.8 (10th)
  • FG%: 47.9 (13th)
  • 3PT%: 36.6 (15th)

Player stats for Heat vs. Cavs on March 20

Miami Heat leaders ahead of tonight’s game

The Heat were without Jimmy Butler in their 98-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. In his absence, Bam Adebayo and Terry Rozier led the way for Miami with 20 points each. Here are the Heat’s leaders from their loss to Philadelphia:

  • Bam Adebayo (C): 20 PTS, 13 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Terry Rozier (SG): 20 PTS, 8 RBS, 1 AST
  • Caleb Martin (SF): 13 PTS, 4 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Haywood Highsmith (F): 11 PTS, 5 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Thomas Bryant (C): 11 PTS, 2 RBS, 1 AST

Jimmy Butler leads the Heat in scoring and is one of the best players in the league. With Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson out tonight’s game, the return of Butler is big for Miami. Here are the Heat’s season leaders heading into tonight’s game:

  • Jimmy Butler (SF): 21.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.8 APG
  • Tyler Herro (PG): 20.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.4 APG
  • Bam Adebayo (C): 19.9 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 4.0 APG
  • Terry Rozier (SG): 15.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.4 APG
  • Duncan Robinson (F): 13.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.0 APG

Cleveland Cavaliers leaders ahead of tonight’s game

Despite the absence of multiple players, the Cavs beat the Pacers 108-103, led by Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert each scoring 23 points. Here are the top five players from Cleveland’s recent game against the Indiana Pacers:

  • Jarrett Allen (C): 23 PTS, 9 RBS, 1 AST
  • Caris Levert (SG): 23 PTS, 8 RBS, 11 ASTS
  • Marcus Morris Sr. (SF): 14 PTS, 4 RBS, 0 ASTS
  • Georges Niang (SF): 13 PTS, 2 RBS, 1 AST
  • Sam Merrill (SG): 11 PTS, 1 RBS, 1 AST

Cleveland’s leading scorer, Donovan Mitchell, will be out tonight. Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen will look to lead the way against Miami. Here are the Cavaliers’ season leaders heading into Wednesday night’s game with the Heat:

  • Donovan Mitchell (SG): 27.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 6.1 APG
  • Darius Garland (PG): 18.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 6.3 APG
  • Jarrett Allen (C): 16.2 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 2.6 APG
  • Evan Mobley (PF): 15.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 3.1 APG
  • Caris LeVert (SG): 14.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.2 APG
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