NBA Picks: Heat vs. Bobcats Game 3 Predictions

Jeff Grant

Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:08 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 1:08 PM GMT

The Charlotte Bobcats will be hosting their first playoff game in four years Saturday night, which makes them a dangerous underdog against the Miami Heat. Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for Game 3.

Time to Hit the Road
Miami has won its last 11 playoff series in which it took a 2-0 lead, as it hits the road after being the only higher seed to open the post-season with two home victories, including a 101-97 triumph over Charlotte as 9.5-point favorites Wednesday.

The Heat compiled a 22-19 SU record away from the American Airlines Arena during the regular season, including a 13-13 mark versus conference foes.

NBA handicappers will find that star forward LeBron James has scored 59 points in the first two games of this matchup.

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Welcome Home
Charlotte will be hosting its first playoff game since April 26, 2010, with no current member of the roster appearing in that contest.

The Bobcats were 25-16 SU at this venue during the regular season, including a 16-10 mark versus conference.

It’s important to point out that the franchise captured 14 of its last 16 home games, which was helped by an eight-game win streak from February 11th through March 14th.

 

Perfection
Sports bettors are going to be interested in backing the road favorite in Game 3, considering that the Heat have won all 17 games against the Bobcats since James and Chris Bosh joined Dwayne Wade in South Beach.

Miami has won at least one game on the road in 12 consecutive playoff series—the longest current streak in the league.

 

Jefferson
Bobcats center Al Jefferson is playing through a left plantar fascia strain, which has limited his effectiveness on the court in the first two games, but he’s still managed to score 36 points and 23 rebounds.

Charlotte will need Jefferson to revert back to the type of player he was during the regular season in hopes of pulling off an upset, as he was the only player in the conference to average at least 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bobcats as one of their NBA playoff picks, as the youthful roster knows this is their best opportunity to pick up a win in this series.

Free NBA Pick: Charlotte Bobcats +5

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