GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Heat

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Game Summary

The Wine and Gold return to Quicken Loans Arena tonight to face the Miami Heat for the first of three regular season matchups in 2013-14.

Cleveland has held opponents to under .420 shooting from the field in seven of its 14 games. Teams are shooting a combined .447 against the Cavs this season, which is the 4th-lowest in the Eastern Conference (11th-lowest in NBA).

In five home games at The Q this season, the Cavs are allowing just .419 (184-439) shooting from the field.

Miami enters tonight's contest riding a seven-game winning streak after defeating the Phoenix Suns, 107-92, in their last game on Wednesday night.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Matthew Dellavedova, SF - Alonzo Gee
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Andrew Bynum

Heat: PG - Mario Chalmers, SG - Dwyane Wade, SF - Shane Battier
PF - LeBron James, C - Chris Bosh

Injuries: (Cavs) - C.J. Miles, (Right Calf Strain, Doubtful)

(Heat) - None to Report

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

Each of the four contests between the two teams in 2012-13 were decided by four points or less. Dion Waiters played in three of those games and averaged a team-high 19.3 points on .511 shooting and 3.0 assists in 31.7 minutes against Miami.

Cleveland is 39-52 all-time against Miami including a 26-19 record while playing in their own arena (13-33 Road).

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Taking Care of the Basketball

Miami comes into the game as the league's third-highest scoring team at 106.6 points per game and much of their offense is predicated on converting turnovers into fastbreak opportunities.

As a result, the Wine and Gold must protect the basketball on the offensive end in an effort to limit the amount of run outs by the Heat.

Key Matchup

Frontcourt Battle

Miami starts an unconventional lineup with LeBron James at power forward and Chris Bosh at center. With both James and Bosh being undersized for their position, they can cause matchup problems at both ends of the floor.

Bosh struggled during last season's playoff run when he had to guard bigger centers such as Indiana's Roy Hibbert, so the Wine and Gold should look to feed Andrew Bynum in the post.

In San Antonio on Saturday, Bynum scored his highest a total as a Cavalier with 16 points on 8-15 (.533) shooting to go along with a season-high tying six rebounds and one block in 21 minutes.

In his last two outings, Bynum is averaging 12.0 points on .550 (11-20) shooting, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks in 19.5 minutes per game.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, ESPN, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio, XM & Sirius 217

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.

Be sure to check for Joe Gabriele's live in-game blog providing instant analysis and game notes. Plus, get into the discussion as die-hard Cavs fans talk about the game on CavFanatic's GameDay Thread.

Programming Note

Tonight, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Cavs – Heat game (7:30 p.m.) and the Blue Jackets – Predators game (7:00 p.m.). Please refer to these programming details by clicking here.


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On Deck

After tonight's game, the Cavs head back onto the road for a matchup against the Celtics in Boston on Friday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. ET.