2012 NBA Season Matchup:Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami HeatJanuary 24, 2012 by Marc Jerbs

On Tuesday, the Miami Heat host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL. Tip-off starts at 7:30PM ET.

Lebron James will be forever linked to his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both Lebron and Cavaliers have moved on since the famous "decision" in the summer of 2010. Lebron has started this season on fire since he's more focus to do his job and has taken less low-percentage shots.

With Dwayne Wade still out, both James and Bosh alternated in helping in the Heat's 11-5 record this season. In their last game, the Bucks snapped the Heat's three-game winning streak, 91-82. Miami was sluggish from the start to finish. They finished the game with season lows in points, field goal percentage and assists. The compressed schedule is also taking its toll to other teams in both conferences.

Cleveland has slowly mending its broken heart with their top pick rookie Kyrie Irving. Irving leads all rookies with 17.4 points per game and is shooting 42.5% in the 3pt. area. He is playing with overwhelming confidence and as he is trusted as the new cornerstone of the Cavaliers franchise.

The Cavaliers are coming off two lopsided losses against the Bulls and Hawks. They have trouble in stopping their opponent's offense and have committed tons of turnovers. On Tuesday night, they must have the right defensive scheme to counter the Heat's high-octane offense.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Miami Heat as the favorite the beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. If the Heat play sluggishly again, the Cavs may have a chance for an upset win.