Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/23/14 Game Two
Charlotte Bobcats (43-39) at Miami Heat (54-28)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -10.5 -- Over/Under: 186 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Bobcats and Miami Heat will square off on Wednesday in game two of the NBA playoffs. The Heat won game one, 99-88.
Even with the loss, the Bobcats have won eight of their last 10 games, but found out it’s a different world in the playoffs. The Bobcats turned the ball over 13 times, shot 66.7 percent from the free throw line and Al Jefferson is now dealing with a foot injury. The Bobcats are shooting just 64.8 percent from the free throw line in their last five games. With the big man injured, the Bobcats are going to turn to Kemba Walker more as he shot 40 percent from the field, scored 20 points and racked up six assists. The Charlotte Bobcats are 47-33-3 ATS overall and 23-17-2 ATS on the road.
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The Heat shot 47.8 percent from three in the victory and turned the ball over only seven times. LeBron James and Dwyane combined for 50 points, while James Jones gave a rare sighting, chipping in 12 points. The Heat showed just how tough they can be in the playoffs, but may be without Mario Chalmers in game two, as the starting point guard is nursing an injured shin. Still, the Heat are allowing teams to shoot 45.9 percent from three in their last five games. The Miami Heat are 38-43-2 ATS overall and 19-22-1 ATS at home.
The Bobcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings, while the Bobcats are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami.
The Bobcats have a bunch of compeitive guys on their team and they're not going to go down quitely. So, while the Heat are probably going to win, I like Charlotte to keep this matchup within single digits. Take the Bobcats and the points.