The Miami Heat have always had a propensity for turning up the intensity level once the playoffs start, but that may not be the case in Game 1 of their opening series as double-digits favorites over the Charlotte Bobcats. And a bit of indifference from the Heat should actually lead to a competitive game here as the Bobcats are on a nice roll, going 20-9 after the All-Star break and winning eight of their last nine games. Charlotte boasts one of the more underrated stars in the NBA on Al Jefferson, who averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds for the season and scored at least 20 points in 37 of his last 45 games, and also a defense that finished fourth in the league in points against (97.1 per game) and sixth in field goal percentage allowed (44.2 percent). The Bobcats are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games vs. the Eastern Conference.
Pick: Bobcats +10