There would, for many, be a rich irony if LeBron James saw his quest to make history with the Miami Heat come up short in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
This is the city, of course, where it was presumed he would accomplish the unachievable in the NBA. Instead, the Cavaliers were jilted when he decamped for Florida three years ago and the wounds and anger still run deep.
After 23 consecutive wins – now the second longest streak of all-time in the league – Miami are just ten away from equalling the historic mark of the Los Angeles Lakers, set 40 years ago. They’re now down to 7.25 to match the record.
Many in Cleveland would love it if their bid crashed and burned on James’ latest return. But with Dion Waiters set to join Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao on the season-over list, it’s unlikely the Cavs can pull off the ultimate surprise.
Their only win in their last six has come against Washington and they’ve lost both previous meetings with the Heat this term.
James is available at 1.91 to score under 26.5 points, a total that’s above his average for the last ten games as others have stepped up.
Miami are -11 on the handicap at 1.91 but there’s an intriguing offer on going over 99 total points in the first half at 1.91.
With six wins from their last eight, the Dallas Mavericks are making a late charge at the play-off spots but their bid seems doomed to fail. Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t given up however, with the German looking more like his former self by averaging 18.5 points in that stretch.
Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets come to Texas, 19 days after losing 98-90 at home to the Mavs and they’re chasing third spot in the Eastern Conference.
Deron Williams has resembled his All Star self lately, a massive boost and he’s 1.91 to score 20 or more points, with Nowitzki at 1.91 to go for at least 19.
Best Bet: Take LeBron James to score under 26.5 points for Miami against Cleveland at 1.91
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