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NBA Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers (41-26) at Miami Heat (35-31)

The Miami Heat have largely escaped Donovan Mitchell’s wrath despite his damage to every opponent.

The four-time All-Star guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers has scored more than 20 points per game against every NBA team throughout his career.

Mitchell will take aim once more when Miami plays Cleveland on Wednesday night. Mitchell has scored 21.8 points per game against Miami in 12 games over his career.

That is not a low number, but it is lower than Mitchell’s 24.4-point scoring average over his entire career.

Mitchell has shot just 42.6 percent from the field, 27.8 percent on 3-pointers, and 70.7 percent on free throws in his career against the Heat.

In his career, he has shot 44.6 percent from the field, 36.5 percent on 3-pointers, and 84.0 percent from the foul line.

Mitchell was held to 13 and 16 points, respectively, in Miami and Cleveland’s two meetings this season.

Mitchell, on the other hand, just scored 40 points in Cleveland’s 118-114 overtime victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday.

Four Cavaliers have started more than 55 games this season, including Mitchell, who is averaging 27.6 points. Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen are the others.

Garland has a team-high 7.9 assists and an average of 21.9 points. On Monday, he had 12 assists.

Mobley scores 16.0 points and 9.1 rebounds per game on average. Allen has a team-high 9.7 rebounds and an average of 14.5 points.

Additionally, Mobley and Allen provide excellent rim protection, averaging 2.6 blocks per game. On Monday, Mobley scored 25, grabbed 17 rebounds, and made three blocks.

In contrast, Miami has won two straight games against the Atlanta Hawks. In those games, Miami held superstar Hawks guard Trae Young to an average of 16.5 points, well below his season average of 26.6.

The Heat scored 59 bench points, a season-high, in Monday’s 130-128 victory. Victor Oladipo led Miami’s bench brigade with 22 points, followed by Caleb Martin with 21, and Duncan Robinson with 14.

The three of them did more than just grind. They shot 16-for-26 from the floor, including 9-for-13 from three, demonstrating a high level of skill.

However, Miami’s stars will be on high alert due to Cleveland’s core four of Mitchell, Garland, Mobley, and Allen.

Jimmy Butler (21.9), Bam Adebayo (21.2), and Tyler Herro (20.3) are Miami’s three elite scorers. Adebayo has the most rebounds for Miami (9.7), and Butler has the most steals for the Heat (1.9).

Kevin Love, a power forward, and Kyle Lowry, a point guard, were not present for the Heat’s game on Monday. Love is unable to work because of a rib injury. Since February 2, Lowry has not played due to a knee injury.

A Heat team that plays a lot of close games, including the two-point win on Monday, is what remains.

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