Trying to Break Through
Charlotte is currently in its 10th year of existence, but it has yet to taste victory in a NBA playoff game, as it dropped a 99-88 decision to Miami as 10-point road underdogs Sunday.
The Bobcats were making the Heat work in the early going, but center Al Jefferson was less effective after sustaining a foot injury in the second quarter—ultimately finishing with 18 points.
NBA handicappers will find that the franchise is 32-22 ATS as underdogs since the start of the regular season.
Miami has compiled a perfect 15-0 SU record against Charlotte since Chris Bosh and LeBron James joined Dwyane Wade in South Beach, which clearly signals that the team will likely win its ninth consecutive postseason series.
The Heat have won their last 17 games overall versus the Bobcats, while they’ve won 34 of 43 playoff home games under the direction of head coach Erik Spoelstra.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 14-17-2 ATS as favorites of 9.5 to 12 points at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Bobcats went 20-9 SU after the All-Star break to close out the regular season, which happened to be the second-best mark in the East.
Charlotte also captured 18 games away from its home floor—breaking the previous franchise record of 13.
The Heat are a dominating 61-8 SU over the last three seasons when making at least 10 3-pointers, which was on full display in knocking down 11 of 23 shots from beyond the arc Sunday.
Miami entered the series with four players having knocked down 68 or more three-pointers in their careers, with guard Mario Chalmers leading the way at 102.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Heat as one of their NBA playoff picks, as the Bobcats are 4-6 ATS as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points since the start of the season.
Charlotte is worth a look in Game 3, considering it has won 14 of its last 16 home games.
NBA Pick: Miami Heat -10.5