For the two time defending NBA champions this game really does not affect them in their goal to reach the playoffs. With a win in this game the Heat will have swept the Bobcats which no one will really be surprised from anyway, I don’t see the Heat starters playing all too much in this game taking advantage of a well deserved night of rest. the Bobcats can only use this game as a learning tool, they need to play hard and really understand just how the Heat rotate the ball in order for them to possibly mimic for the coming season.
Charlotte has the advantage in the post game but Jefferson cannot score every point for his team so someone else will have to elevate their ability to make an impact in this one. This team still is in dire need of veteran leadership but at the same time a younger veteran that has something left in the tank. I expect a full defensive press from this young team as they will look to trap the Heat players away from the rim.
Miami will play their starters in the first half but I doubt for too long as they will want to get some of their bench guy’s decent playing time against a team like Charlotte. the Heat have only lost 4 games at home all season long and they defend it very well as they push the ball up the floor quickly to load up the defense on one side, this is their style as they like the back door cuter to the rim. Miami is -13.5 in this game and I still like them to cover with their bench closing this game out down the line.