To beat LeBron, you first have to understand a bit about LeBron. If you look at the past three full regular seasons for James, you notice his tendency to score more points and attempt more shots on the road than he does at home. LeBron has more of a propensity to share the ball with his teammates and get more people into the flow of the game when the Heat are at home. Just to take one example, James has nine career 50 point games, all nine of those have occurred on the road.
Since LeBron entered the league 10 years ago, he is averaging 31.15 points per game in the playoffs when playing behind in a series. That is why trying to play against a player like James, who can turn it up and play more efficiently as the game goes on makes it near impossible. If you take a look at the “clutch” stats in the NBA this year (clutch is considered 4Q or OT, less than 5 minutes left & neither team ahead by 5 or more points), here is a list of the top ten players in terms of “+/-“:
Tough team to bet against, you’d have to say.
Evan Abrams contributes gambling-related articles to SheridanHoops.com. Follow him on Twitter, where he goes by @Betropolitan.