NBA Betting: Cavaliers to keep it tight against Heat



There will always be extra spice served up when LeBron James takes on Cleveland, even two years after arguably the most acrimonious parting of the ways the NBA has ever seen. But the Miami are a red-hot 1.02 to maintain their push to defend their title on Saturday as the Cavaliers continue to struggle since the exit of the superstar.

The Heat are a perfect 5-0 at home so far and, in a 9-3 start, have been beating their opponents by an average of 4.6 points. With Kyrie Irving out injured, the Cavs may stand little chance of a shock. But take a punt on this going under the handicap of +15 at 1.91, especially with Dwyane Wade sidelined for Miami.

A little revenge will be on the minds of the Sacramento Kings when they host Utah, 24 hours after the Jazz stole a 104-102 victory over the Pacific Division strugglers. It needed a rally from 13 points down in the fourth quarter and a jumper from Gordon Hayward in the final seconds for the Jazz to pull out a third straight win.

Now they'll try to extend that run in Sacramento with the hosts looking to avoid a seventh loss in eight games. Other than an upset of the Lakers, it's been a tough start for the Kings who are 3-9 and losing by an average of 6.2. This may be another close one so it's still worth a look at taking Sacramento at +2 at 1.91.

Consecutive losses have underlined the mammoth task faced by new Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni to right his ship. Friday's 106-98 defeat at Memphis exposed the flaws that will remain until point guards Steve Nash and Steve Blake return. They will try to win for the first time on the road this season in Dallas, where the Mavericks have built a 7-6 start, despite the absence of Dirk Nowitzki.

The Mavs are great value at 2.02 to prevail in regulation while it's worth going under the points forecast of 207 at 1.91 in what is likely to be a nervous scrap for supremacy.

Bet of the day: take Dallas over the Lakers at 2.02.