Cleveland and Miami meet in battle of top defenses

January 30, 2023 GMT

Miami Heat (28-23, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-21, fifth in the Eastern Conference)

Cleveland; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat square off in a matchup between the NBA’s top two defenses.

The Cavaliers are 18-9 in conference games. Cleveland scores 111.5 points while outscoring opponents by 4.6 points per game.

The Heat have gone 12-14 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami is the worst team in the Eastern Conference scoring averaging 108.6 points per game while shooting 45.3%.

The teams square off for the second time this season. The Cavaliers won the last matchup 113-87 on Nov. 21. Darius Garland scored 25 points to help lead the Cavaliers to the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Donovan Mitchell is scoring 27.9 points per game and averaging 3.9 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Garland is averaging 2.2 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

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Kyle Lowry is averaging 12.4 points and 5.4 assists for the Heat. Bam Adebayo is averaging 20.4 points over the last 10 games for Miami.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cavaliers: 5-5, averaging 111.4 points, 39.9 rebounds, 28.0 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 49.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.4 points per game.

Heat: 7-3, averaging 108.3 points, 44.2 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 9.4 steals and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 45.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.0 points.

INJURIES: Cavaliers: Dylan Windler: out (ankle).

Heat: Nikola Jovic: out (back), Omer Yurtseven: out (ankle), Duncan Robinson: out (finger).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.