Miami will be looking to keep the heat on the unbeaten Pacers this weekend as they take on a Bobcats team who lie third in the Southeast Division on November 16.
It’s been another solid start for the NBA champions, who have disposed of four of their last five opponents, having only been edged out in a thrilling final quarter against the Celtics. Taking on the Mavericks on Friday before they meet up with the Bobcats, it could be a pivotal weekend for Erik Spoelstra’s men as they look to remain top of the Southeast. Dallas are hot on their heels, so should the Heat see off Friday’s opponents, a win at The Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday could prove pivotal in their quest to regain the championship.
The Bobcats meanwhile are coming in off the back of an impressive win at Boston despite struggling in previous weeks, failing to hold a solid defence against both the Knicks and the Hawks, and conceding 101 and 103 respectively. Meanwhile their attack is less than a force, averaging only 90 points per game, they have struggled to get on top of match-ups and have only once passed the 100 mark in regular season. However, the North Carolina side will be buoyed by the form of Center, Al Jefferson.
Signing in the close season, the former Jazz man ran the game at the Celtics on Wednesday. Blighted this season with a series of ankle problems, the $41 million signing left Boston with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Instrumental in Charlotte’s victory, fans will be hopeful he can stay injury free for the rest of the season and continue his performance, beginning on Friday, with what could potentially be a good warm up against the Cavaliers before the Heat come to town.
The Heat are comfortably at the top the division and have netted over 100 points in every game this season. LeBron James is also, as expected, in blistering form, with the best shooting percentage in the NBA at 67%, whilst he’s also netting an average of 25.5 points per game. Teams have struggled to cope with James so far this season and he’s continually proving why he’s regarded as one of the best forwards of all time. A plus 25 point performance is almost a certainty for James as is the Heat reaching a century for those fancying a bet on the NBA.
Head-to-head, it’s been one way traffic the past few seasons with the Heat beating the Bobcats in the last ten match-ups, including an 86-75 victory in preseason at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. And it’s expected there will be more of the same this weekend as the Heat set their sights on yet another Championship ring.