Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Heat vs Hornets Lines
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(2-0) Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets (0-2)
Round 1: Game 3
Date: Saturday April 23, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM EST
Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Miami -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 201
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Miami has made things look easy through the first two games of the series.
The Hornets will try to respond and get themselves back into this series when the series shifts to Charlotte for Game 3.
For the most part, the Hornets have been absolutely dismantled through their first two games of this series.
After making a surge up the standings in the 2nd half of the season, Charlotte fell into the 6th spot based on tie breaker rules and have failed to show up here in the postseason.
The Hornets shot an abysmal 1 for 16 from behind the arc in Game 2 which led to their falter.
The encouraging thing they can take away from Game 2 is the play of Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson.
However, the Hornets received bad news following the loss. If they weren’t struggling enough from behind the arc, they’ll be without their best 3 point shooter. Nicolas Batum went down with a foot injury in Game 2 and is expected to be OUT here.
The Hornets have shot just 7 of 33 through the first two games, which means somebody will certainly have to step up and start hitting from behind the arc.
Miami may have the perfect blend of veterans and young guns to really make a push at this thing.
The Heat have absolutely dominated the Hornets in every aspect of the game through the first two games and those veterans even spoke up following their Game 2 win say they have a legit chance at making a push for the title.
Luol Deng has been the biggest Heat member to step up. Deng shot 11 of 13 from the field in Game and finished 6 of 11 in Game 2. He’s done a lot on both ends of the floor as his production has stepped up tremendously from the regular season.
Hassan Whiteside is averaging 19 points per game 12 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in the series.
Miami has been a very sub par road team this year, going just 20-21 on the season while averaging only 97 points per game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Heat are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Hornets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southeast.
Free Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
The Heat have looked almost unbeatable through the first 2 games of this series.
Charlotte has to get out of the gates quick here. They cannot let Miami settle in on the road and take things over. If they can’t do that, then things could get ugly once again and Charlotte could find themselves out of this series.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Miami -2
The Heat have the experience to go on the road and steal Game 3, turning this series completely upside down.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Miami 103- Charlotte 96
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