Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat - 4/28/14
Miami Heat (54-28) at Charlotte Bobcats (43-39)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Bobcats -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat look to complete the series sweep against the Charlotte Bobcats tonight.
LeBron James led the way with 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while Dwyane Wade added 17 points and six assists as the Heat turned overcame a slow start to beat the Bobcats by 98-85 in Game 3. Looking down the stat sheet, other than 12 points from Chris Andersen, no other player even reached double figures in scoring but the Heat won this game with defense by cooling off Al Jefferson after a hot start while keeping the lid on Kemba Walker, not allowing him any space on pick and roll plays. With the win, Miami took a virtually unassailable 3-0 series lead and are now just one game away from a meeting with either the Raptors or the Nets in the second round.
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Meanwhile, the Bobcats will be desperately searching for answers to keep their season alive, because Jefferson got off to a red-hot start but only finished with 20 points as he struggles with his foot injury, while Walker just couldn't get any breathing room against the trapping defense of the Heat. Chris Douglas-Roberts had a nice outing of 17 points off the bench but unless someone like Michael Kidd Gilchrist or Gerald Henderson has a big game, I don't see the Bobcats extending this series at all.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games, while the Bobcats are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games.
Head to head, the Heat are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Charlotte.
Just about every sign is pointed towards the Heat completing the sweep tonight so I'll most likely be taking the Heat to win and cover the spread in this one as long as the line is reasonable.
In a must-win game, the Bobcats will show plenty of fight tonight, but the Heat are just too good for this team.