2014 playoffs preview: Heat vs. Bobcats

2014 playoffs preview: Heat vs. Bobcats

Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Mar 3, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket as Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (55) point guard Kemba Walker (15) power forward Anthony Tolliver (right) and Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (left) in the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 124-107. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports




Posted on April 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 19 at 12:39 PM

If you can't make it to Miama, the Bobcats are hosting a watch party at Hickory Tavern Metropolitan at 2 p.m. Check out what to expect:

No. 2 Miami Heat (54-28) vs. No. 7 Charlotte Bobcats (43-39)

Game 1 in Miami: Sunday, April 20, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 2 in Miami: Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. ET, TNT

Game 3 in Charlotte: Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Game 4 in Charlotte: Monday, April 28, 7 p.m. ET, TNT

Game 5 in Miami (if necessary): Wednesday, April 30

Game 6 in Charlotte (if necessary): Friday, May 2

Game 7 in Miami (if necessary): Sunday, May 4

Season series: Heat swept 4-0.

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Points per game (per 100 possessions): Heat 102.2, Bobcats 96.9 (Heat 110.9, Bobcats 103.8).

Points allowed per game (per 100 possessions): Heat 97.4, Bobcats 97.1 (Heat 105.8, Bobcats 103.8).

Matchups worth watching: Heat C Chris Bosh vs. Bobcats C Al Jefferson, Heat SG Dwyane Wade vs. Bobcats SG Gerald Henderson.

Scoring leaders: Heat SF LeBron James (27.1 points a game), Jefferson (21.8).

Why Miami will win: James is too much for anyone or even everyone on the Bobcats, despite second-year small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's defensive improvements. The four-time MVP dropped a career-high 61 points on Charlotte in March. The Heat have the experience and the championships and the talent.

Why Charlotte will win: The Heat's biggest weakness has been opposing post scorers, and few are better than Jefferson. Also, point guard Kemba Walker should be able to run circles around Mario Chalmers. But the Bobcats need a miracle.

Did you know? The Bobcats are the only NBA franchise without a single playoff win.

Prediction: Heat in 4.