The Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats start their opening-round series on April 20th at AmericanAirlines Arena. Look for LeBron James and Al Jefferson to be factors in the series, as they were top players during the regular season matchups. The regular season series between these two teams was a one-sided affair in favor of the Heat, who went 4-0 versus the Bobcats. Look for them to continue their seasonal success which does not bode well for Bobcats.
The Miami Heat start the playoffs following an outstanding regular season in which they had a record of 54-28. On the other hand, the underdog Charlotte Bobcats come into the postseason following a regular season in which they posted a record of 43-39.
Second-chance points might be scarce for Miami in this series. This season, they ranked 29th in the NBA in offensive rebounding (OR% of 20.6%), while Charlotte was best in the league on the defensive glass (DR% of 77.6%). Charlotte is among the best in the NBA in three advanced metrics, while the Heat rank highly in a couple. The Bobcats are in the top five in turnover percentage (first), defensive rebounding percentage (first), and opponents' free throw attempt rate (second), while Miami excels in effective field goal percentage (first) and offensive efficiency (second).