According to an April 27 NBA report, the brooms will be out in full force this evening at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., when the Miami Heat try and sweep their first-round 2014 NBA playoffs series with the Charlotte Bobcats. Game 4 will be nationally televised on TNT and streaming live on TNT Overtime’s Live Stream page at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT/5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT).
Led by LeBron James’ double-double (30 points and 10 rebounds), Miami cruised past Charlotte Saturday night, 98-85, but not without some controversy. During a breakaway play in the third quarter – and the Heat up by a wide margin – LBJ appears to have given Bobcats owner Michael Jordan the third-degree as he went up for an easy dunk.
And while James denied glaring at MJ – who was sitting towards the end of the Bobcats bench – during his one-handed flush, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, the video evidence suggests otherwise. Was he trying to send a message by showing up the six-time NBA champ on national television?
“Don’t start that,” James said during his post-game press conference “Absolutely not, man, absolutely not.”
For the Cats, Jordan in his prime couldn’t save this team from a first-round sweep at the hands of the Heat. Thus far, Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker have been the only bright spots for a Charlotte squad still searching for the franchise’s first postseason win.
A Yahoo!Sports report illustrates how Miami shutdown the Bobcats’ offense by double-teaming Jefferson. After scoring 15 points in the first quarter, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided it was time to let other Cats carry the load offensively, and the plan worked to perfection.
“They just got up in the passing lanes and made it hard for us to get Al the ball,” said Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford. “You’ve got to give them credit. Their defense was terrific.”
Can Charlotte find a way to avoid being swept by the Miami and send this best-of-seven series back to South Beach? According to NBA oddsmakers, the 2-time defending NBA champs come in favored by almost double-digits in the ATS department. Las Vegas latest spreads list the Heat (-8) as eight-point favorites against the Bobcats (+8), while the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 188 points.
ATS Action Prior to TNT Sports’ TV Scheduled Start Time
Heat spread: 54 percent.
Bobcats spread: 46 percent.
OVER wagers: 695 units.
UNDER wagers: 523 units.
Betting Trends Prior to TNT Overtime Free Live Stream Online
Heat is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Eastern Conference quarterfinal games.
Heat is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games overall.
Heat is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games versus a team with a winning home record.
Bobcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
Bobcats are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS loss.
Bobcats are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games.
Heat-Bobcats Game 4: 2014 NBA Playoffs Key Head-to-Head Stats
Miami is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 meetings in Charlotte.
UNDER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Charlotte.
Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between Miami and Charlotte.
Road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.