Washington Wizards @ Miami Heat
Washington, one of the hottest teams in the East, remain in Miami to take on a Heat team that is still trying to find their groove this season.
The Wizards suffered a 105-113 loss to the Heat on Wednesday, and a bounce back today seems inevitable. That was just Washington’s second loss in eight games and seeing that it was Miami’s first win in five games, there is no reason to expect the Heat to repeat.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Milwaukee Bucks
The Cavaliers are in search of a win that would launch them above Milwaukee in the standings and put them in second place behind the Celtics.
Cleveland has started the year hot and doing far better than most anticipated. While everyone knew there was a chance they’d be strong with the addition of Donavan Mitchell, no one expected them to be two games out of the one seed this quickly.
Cleveland has won four in a row, with the most notable win coming against the Hawks — 114-102. However, it should be noted that prior to this winning streak, they were dominated by the Bucks 98-113.
So while Cleveland is playing great ball, and should be respected, their run comes to an end tonight, with Milwaukee being both the cover and bookend to this short story.
Milwaukee -3.5 (-114)
In that game against the Bucks, Garland lead the team with 23 points. It was a beautiful performance, but there is no reason to think he should be able to pull of a repeat. If the Cavs were to make a run at this game, someone new will need to step up, as Milwaukee will lock down Garland.
Darius Garland Under 22.5 (-120)