NBA Playoff Picks: Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

Jeff GrantContributor IApril 24, 2014

NBA Playoff Picks: Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

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    The Miami Heat have won all 17 of their games against the Charlotte Bobcats since Chris Bosh and LeBron James joined forces with Dwyane Wade, which is important to consider when making your NBA playoff picks Saturday, as the two teams meet up at Time Warner Cable Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Heat are five-point road favorites in the pro basketball odds, with the betting total sitting at 188 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 3 of this best-of-seven series in the Eastern Conference, while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

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Miami Heat

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    The Miami Heat own a 2-0 lead in this Eastern Conference first-round series, as they picked up a 101-97 win over the Charlotte Bobcats as 9.5-point home favorites Wednesday.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Heat have won at least one game on the road in 12 consecutive playoff series—the longest current streak in the league. 

Charlotte Bobcats

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    The Charlotte Bobcats compiled a 25-16 record at home during the 2013-14 regular season, as they prepare to host their first playoff game in four years.

    Bobcats center Al Jefferson will need to lead the offensive attack, as he's scored 36 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in the first two games of the series.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Charlotte Bobcats as one of their NBA playoff picks Saturday, as the youthful roster knows this is their best opportunity to win a game in this series against the two-time defending champions.

    Pick: Charlotte Bobcats +5

     

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