Cleveland takes on Miami, seems to interrupt 5-game slide


Miami Heat (33-30, seventh in the Eastern Conference) versus Cleveland Cavaliers (21-42, 13th in the Eastern Conference)

Cleveland; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland will try to break its five-game skid when the Cavaliers face Miami.

The Cavaliers are 15-22 against opponents from the Eastern Conference. Cleveland ranks fifth in the league with 52.2 points in the color led by Collin Sexton with an average of 12.6 points.

The heat went 18-17 against opponents of the Eastern Conference. Miami ranks third in the NBA, allowing only 107.2 points, while the opponents shoot 45.2%.

The teams compete against each other for the third time this season. The Heat won the final matchup 115-101 on April 3rd. Duncan Robinson scored 18 points to lead Miami to victory.

TOP PERFORMER: Sexton leads the Cavaliers with 24.4 points per game and averages 3.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Kevin Love has averaged 1.6 3 points and 10.7 points in the last 10 games for Cleveland.

Jimmy Butler averages 21.7 points, seven rebounds, 7.2 assists and 2.1 steals for the heat. Robinson has averaged 3.2 3-point points and 12.2 points in his last 10 games for Miami.

LAST 10 MATCHES: Cavaliers: 2-8, averaging 103.1 points, 42.2 rebounds, 25.5 assists, 7.6 steals, and 3.4 blocks per game while 46.4% is shot off the field. Your opponents averaged 109.9 points at 48.6% shooting.

Heat: 5-5, averaging 105.9 points, 39.7 rebounds, 26.3 assists, 9.3 steals, and 3.4 blocks per game while 46.2% is shot from the field. Your opponents averaged 107.3 points at 48.0% shooting.

INJURIES: Cavaliers: Isaiah Hartenstein: out (concussion), Dylan Windler: out (knee), Taurean Prince: out for the season (ankle), Larry Nance Jr .: out (thumb), Lamar Stevens: out (concussion), Darius Garland: day to day (ankle), Matthew Dellavedova: out (neck).

Heat: Victor Oladipo: out (knee), Tyler Herro: out (foot).