The Miami Heat head into Game 3 of their opening-round NBA Playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. Seeing themselves dominate Game 1 as a unit on both sides of the ball, while Jimmy Butler took center stage in Game 2’s win, the Miami Heat now have a chance to go to Atlanta and end it on Friday, effectively.

While they would still need to get to the traditional four games before the series is officially over, the numbers tell a story that says that it would be all but over if Miami can take Game 3 as well. 

In fact, they already say that but who wants to get that far ahead of themselves in an era of NBA Hoops where history is constantly being rewritten.

With that in mind though, let’s look at a few of the numbers. Though they are based on statistics from a few years back, the data is still close enough to make accurate approximations and the points should still ring resoundingly true.

The Miami Heat head to Atlanta Friday up, 2-0, in their first-round NBA Playoff series. Based on history, they can, effectively, end things on Friday with a win.

There are two sets of numbers. The first set will be for all NBA Playoff history, while the second set of data is actually explicitly from the modern era.

Well, there you have it, folks. The Miami Heat have a chance to, not only, go up 3-0 in their opening-round playoff series on Friday, but a chance to end it all, according to history.

Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series go on to win the series 76.8% of the time (275-83).