Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Hornets vs Heat Lines
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(48-34) Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat (48-34)
Round 1: Game 1
Date: Sunday April 17, 2016
Time: 5:30PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Miami -4
NBA Betting Total: 200.5
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The mess in the middle of the East is finally settled.
The Miami Heat earned the 3rd spot and will take on 6th seeded Charlotte in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs.
The Hornets have been a cellar team the past couple seasons in the Eastern Conference. However, thanks in large to Kemba Walker, things are a whole lot different this season.
When Walker hit his stride in the middle of the season, the Hornets went skyrocketing up the standings. Charlotte competed for the 3rd spot all 2nd half, but eventually because of tie breaking rules, they got the short end of the stick with 3 other teams.
The Hornets split the season series with the Heat, but did get the better of them in the most recent matchup. On March 17th the Hornets came from behind to steal a 3 point win.
Charlotte’s bench could be a major key here. They average around 38 points per game as they are one of the deepest in the league.
The Heat still managed to grab the 3rd spot despite blowing a 26 point lead to the Celtics in the season finale. Miami will now set their sights on winning a first round matchup without the presence of F Chris Bosh.
Miami knew they were lacking production when Bosh went down and the signing of Joe Johnson completely changed this team. They have plenty of veterans that are experienced and know what it takes to grind out playoff wins.
Miami has dominated opponents thanks to their stellar defensive efforts. The Het allow just 98 points per game and hold the opposition to only 44.2 percent shooting. Both the points per game and shooting percentage are tops in the league.
American Airlines Arena has been nice to the Heat lately and really all season long. Miami has gone 28-13 SU there and 6-0 in their last 6 games there.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games.
- Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
- Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals
- Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Heat are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Southeast. games.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
This one is going to be a grind. Both teams have similar styles of play and grabbing Game 1 and setting the tone is so important.
This will be close throughout and come down to which team can execute a big stop or bucket late.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Charlotte +4
Back and forth this one goes, with both teams having their shot to grab a win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Miami 101- Charlotte 100
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