Looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead, the 2-time defending NBA champs invade the Barclays Center for Game 3 of the 2014 NBA playoffs between the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets. In a May 10 report, Matt Moore of CBS Sports previews tonight’s matchup, which will be televised on ABC (national TV) and streaming live on ABC-Go-Live (online).
Opening tipoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET (7:15 p.m. CT/5:15 p.m. PT) from Brooklyn, N.Y., following ABC’s NBA Countdown at the top of the hour. LeBron James and company will have to win two games away from the American Airlines Arena in order to complete the sweep and advance to the fourth straight Eastern Conference finals.
After failing to win a single game against the Nets all season, Miami has had very little trouble taking control of this best-of-seven 2014 NBA playoffs series. After a 21-point blowout in the opener, the Heat shut the door on Brooklyn’s late rally to come away with a 94-82 victory in Game 2.
As reported by Tim Reynolds (AP Sports) on May 8, fourth-quarter defense and rebounding were the keys to Miami’s win Thursday night. The Nets shot just 42 percent from the field (33-78), including 33 percent (8-24) from long range and a whopping 57 percent (8-14) from the charity stripe.
In contrast, the Miami Heat concerted on 49 percent of its shot attempts (35-71), hit 42 percent of its three-pointers (10-24), and took advantage of the freebies (14-18: 78 percent) seemingly all game. Much like in Game 1, LBJ led the way with 22 points, Chris Bosh poured in 18, Dwyane Wade finished with 14 and Mario Chalmers added 11 to the tally.
For Brooklyn, despite coming back home for Games 3 and 4, the ambiance has been anything but divine in the “Borough of Churches” leading up to tonight, especially for Deron Williams. As reported by the LA Times on May 9, the three-time NBA All-Star chose the worst time to lay his first “goose egg” in 8 seasons.
Held scoreless in 36 minutes of play, Williams not only missed all nine of his shots, but, for a second straight game, also failed to attempt a single free throw. As ESPN reports, the Nets’ $98 million man broke into the record books by becoming the second starter over the last 10 years to play a minimum of 35 minutes, attempt nine field goals or more and come away empty-handed.
Can Williams bounce back in time for the Nets to make a series out of this, or is the Heat destined to complete the sweep. According to 2014 NBA playoffs oddsmakers, Miami is projected to defeat Brooklyn by two points tonight, while the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 189 points.
General ATS Consensus Before TV Schedule Start Time
Heat spread: 60 percent.
Nets spread: 40 percent.
OVER wagers: 654 wagers.
UNDER wagers: 644 wagers.
Trends Before ABC Free Live Stream Online
Heat is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up win.
Heat is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games versus a team with a winning straight-up record.
Heat is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Nets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
Nets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss.
Nets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
Heat vs Nets 2014 NBA Playoffs Game 3 Stats to Consider
OVER is 20-7-1 in the last 28 meetings in Brooklyn.
Home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Miami is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 meetings in Brooklyn.