The 2012-13 NBA season draws to a close tonight. The Cleveland Cavaliers will be playing the Charlotte Bobcats, the team that’s trying to hold off the Orlando Magic for the worst record in the NBA. The Bobcats need a loss and an Orlando win to ensure that. Meanwhile, the Cavs are locked into the third seed, as even with a Phoenix loss and Cleveland win, Phoenix owns the tiebreaker. That should mean a Cavaliers win tonight.
Opponent’s Blog: Roberto Gato
Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena
Tipoff: 8 p.m. ET
Betting Line: Bobcats by -2.5
Where you can watch: Fox Sports Ohio
Where you can listen: WTAM AM 1100
The Cavs have seen a lot of success against the Bobcats this season, winning the previous two meetings; a 106-104 win on January 4, and a 122-95 blowout on February 6. That blowout was one of the Cavs’ best offensive performances of the season, as they shot 57 percent from the field and outscored the Bobcats by at least nine points in each of the first three quarters. Kyrie Irving was perfect from three, going 5-of-5 and finishing with 22 points, while Wayne Ellington had 16 points, five rebounds and three assists off the bench. The Cavs limited Kemba Walker to five points on 2-of-11 shooting, and B.J. Mullens finished as the Cats’ leading scorer with 15.
The Cavaliers should have an easy time with the Bobcats tonight. Realistically, it is in the Bobcats best interest to lose this game, even at home, and the Cavs have no incentive to lose. The main threat for the Bobcats is Gerald Henderson, who has routinely lit teams up offensively in the second half of the season, and he and Kemba Walker are likely going to be the keys to the offense for Charlotte. That will put the pressure on Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving to play some solid defense tonight. However, the Bobcats are a black hole in the frontcourt, and likely will start Josh McRoberts and Bismack Biyombo tonight. There is no reason why Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller can’t torch these guys tonight. I’d expect the Cavs to try to pound the ball inside to these two and Marreese Speights, play some solid defense and walk away with the win against the worst team in the league. I’d be shocked if Cleveland lost tonight.