Matchup: Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats
Date/Time: April 5th, 2013 8:00 pm EST
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Miami -7.5
For a game that is being played under the national spotlight of ESPN, the Miami Heat certainly don’t seem to be taking things all that seriously. Alas, the men that Head Coach Erik Spoelstra will throw out there are still going to clearly be the superior team on the court against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.
The Heat have already locked up the top spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and there is no doubt that they’ll be the No. 1 overall seed as well regardless of what happens the rest of the way. Sure, the team would love to get to 60 wins, and it inevitably will at some point, but there really is no point in getting guys in the way of danger right now. Amongst those that are going to be sitting out on Friday night include G Mario Chalmers, F LeBron James, G Dwyane Wade, and G Ray Allen. Of course, the question becomes what is left for this team to work with. The starting five a few nights ago against the New York Knicks consisted of F Chris Bosh, G Norris Cole, and a whole bunch of has-beens. The team was flat all night long against the Knicks at home, and in the end, Miami was beaten soundly.
Of course, these Bobcats are as bad as any team has been in recent years in the NBA. Sure, last year’s 7-59 Charlotte team turned out to be more embarrassing than this one, but it’s tough to argue in favor of a team that is just 11-52 SU over the course of its last 63 games. Over course of those 63 games, the Bobcats rank dead last in total offense, dead last in total defense, dead last in shooting, and dead last in shooting percentage allowed in the league, and needless to say, that’s not going to win you many games. F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been a horrid disappointment this season, as he is averaging just 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, there are four healthy double-digit scorers that the offense brings to the table, and none of G Kemba Walker, G Gerald Henderson, G Ramon Sessions, and G Ben Gordon really strikes that much fear in opponents.
We don’t have much good to say about Charlotte, but at least the team has played some competent basketball at home over the course of the last few weeks. The Bobcats are 5-1 SU and ATS at home over the course of their last six games, and though most of the games have come against lousy teams, this is a lousy team that is going to be on the other side of the court as well. An upset on Tobacco Road? Don’t rule out of the possibility. Charlotte 92 – Miami 86
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