Miami Heat vs. Denver Broncos
Tip-off: Friday, April 5, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
The NBA playoffs are coming our way fast and the Miami Heat are quite aware of this. Hence, the team is being extremely careful with players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and reserve Ray Allen who just might be absent tonight when the Heat try for 12th consecutive victory over the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats.
Yesterday, James (hamstring) and Chalmers (ankle) went through some on-court work, however Allen (ankle) and Wade (ankle) were mostly limited to stretching and conditioning. All four injuries are considered minor, but Miami (58-16) wants to make sure they’re healthy come the playoffs as the team would like to impress their online sports betting fans by defending their title.
All four players will be evaluated again later today.
Chalmers hasn’t played any of the last three games while Wade and James missed the last two. In the mean time, Allen was hurt during Tuesday’s 102-90 defeat versus the New York Knicks.
If James, Wade, Chalmers and Allen are unable to play, the Heat is probably going to start Norris Cole and Mike Miller in the backcourt, Haslem and Rashard Lewis at forward and Chris Bosh at center. Bosh, averaging 16.7 points, has scored 23 in each of the last two basketball games.
Even if the Heat play without their star players YouWager experts consider their odds are good versus the Bobcats (18-57). Miami has outscored Charlotte by average of 14.7 points during their run in the series, including a 109-77 rout March 24.
James had 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds that day while Wade sat out due to knee troubles. James has combined for 63 points on 24-of-28 shooting (85.7 percent) in his last two basketball games against the Bobcats.
Even when Charlotte averages 93.5 points to rank 27th in the NBA, they have posted 103.2 in winning five of six at home. However, the Bobcats used a stifling defensive display to come out victorious against the Philadelphia 76ers 88-83 on Wednesday, holding the Sixers to 35.1 percent shooting.