Miami took a 3-0 lead in their quarter-final series when they beat the Bobcats by 13 points in Charlotte on Saturday, and now they’ll look to close out the series with a straight forward 4-0 success. The quick wrap will allow for much needed rest for the likes of Dwayne Wade.
Charlotte coach Steve Clifford was quoted as saying Charlotte will need more than just Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson should they wish to extend this series, but unfortunately for them, that probably is all they have.
Miami’s big three are well documented and outside of that, they have a pretty talented supporting core. The Bobcats are heavily reliant on the ball skills of Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson roughing it up in the paint. Jefferson is someone Miami just don’t have an answer for, but they could probably do with at least one more of him.
It took Miami two and a bit games to figure it out, but there’s little threat outside of those guys. Jefferson was double teamed from the second quarter onwards, whilst Miami were rough on Kemba Walker. It left a lot of open looks for other guys, but as Miami had probably hoped, they weren’t good enough to execute.
There probably isn’t a playoff scenario in which Charlotte troubles this intense Miami team anyway, but if Bosh can force Jefferson out of the paint again in game 4, there’s little chance of the Bobcats keeping this in single digits for the first time this series.
Miami are the obvious winners in the betting odds and hold no value outright. Charlotte are a juicy price, but it isn’t one that’s going to pay out.
Miami have jumped from -5.5 to -7.5 points on the spread betting after covering the former line with ease in game 3.
Charlotte have never won a play-off game in the franchise’s history, and they’ve already achieved something just by making the play-off’s this season.
Miami will be playing with determination as they look to tie this one up early and take a rest, and I don’t really see Charlotte matching them. They’ll play with the same intensity, but when LeBron James decides it’s time to put the game to bed, Charlotte will be left behind. They lack the quality unfortunately.
LeBron has averaged 37 points per game in seven meetings against Charlotte this season and he’ll be the biggest factor in Miami putting this series to bed on Monday evening.
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