According to an April 23, NBA report, the 2014 NBA playoffs continue with Game 2 of the best-of-seven series between the Miami Heat and Charlotte Bobcats tonight from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. Opening tipoff is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET (6:10 p.m. CT/5:10 p.m. MT/4:10 p.m. PT) and will be televised nationally on TNT and simultaneously streaming live and free at TNT-Overtime (online).
It has been a rather stranger start to this year’s postseason in the Eastern Conference, as all but one team has been able to successfully defending home-court. It comes as no surprise that the 2-time defending NBA champs are the only ones not to lose at home thus far, and all indications are that things will remain that way after tonight.
Looking to take a 2-0 lead before the series shifts to N.C. for games 3 and 4, LeBron James and the (1-0) Miami Heat [-10] come in as double-digit favorites over the (0-1) Charlotte Bobcats [+10]. Las Vegas’ latest point spreads at ESPN.com show that 10 points separate these teams in the ATS department, while the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 188 this evening.
For the visiting Bobcats, a +10-point spread might be a modest one considering an April 23 piece by the Boston Herald states that Al Jefferson’s status for tonight’s Game 2 could be in limbo. Contrary to previous reports, Charlotte’s leading scorer and rebounder did not participate in Wednesday’s shootaround after arriving in a walking-boot as he continues to nurse a plantar-fascia strain in his left foot.
For the hosting Heat, there’s only one significant injury to report for tonight’s Game 2 of the 2014 NBA playoffs. In a Wednesday, April 23 report, the Miami Herald indicates that starting point guard Mario Chalmers is listed as questionable after suffering a bruised knee in the series opener.
The fifth-year man out of Kansas was limited in Tuesday’s practice and scheduled to be reevaluated prior to game time. Although Chalmers injured his knee during the first quarter, he still managed to play 25 minutes in Miami’s 99-88 win over Charlotte on Sunday.
“He still has that bruise on his knee and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra following Tuesday’s media session. “He did make progress from [Monday].”
How will these injuries affect the outcome of the Game 2 of the 2014 NBA playoffs between the Bobcats and the Heat? Tune to TNT’s national TV broadcast at 7 p.m. EST to watch what happens. For those with no access to a television there’s great news, because courtesy of TNT Overtime, this game will be streaming live and free of charge by clicking here.