Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Heat vs Hornets Lines
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(2-1) Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets (1-2)
Round 1: Game 4
Date: Monday April 25, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Charlotte -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 195.5
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After dominating Games 1 and 2, the Heat got a taste of their own medicine in Game 3.
Charlotte now looks to even things up here in Game 4 as the script has flipped and they open as favorites here in Game 4.
After getting picked apart in Games 1 and 2, the Hornets knew something had to change defensively.
The Hornets held Miami to just 34% shooting and 80 points in a 16 point route to get themselves back into the series. The win ended a 14 year drought that saw the Hornets win no playoff games in that span.
Nicolas Batum, who is this teams best three point shooter, went down in Game 2 and missed Game 3 with an ankle injury. While his status still remains questionable, the Hornets may have found a solid replacement.
Frank Kaminsky was inserted in his place as he finished with 15 points in 35 minutes of game action. The F made an impact not only offensively, but also on the defensive end of the floor. He was a force in the paint and continued to alter shots. Whether or not Batum does play, expect Kaminsky to see significant minutes here in Game 4.
Through the first two games of this series, Miami had everything going their way. They were getting to the rim, hitting jumpers, and not allowing the Hornets shooters to get any space.
That however, all changed in Game 3. Miami had nothing working for them as the momentum was completely flipped. Luol Deng was a huge part of Miami’s success in Games 1 and 2, but with the Hornets sending in 7 foot Kaminsky, the Heat had no answer for the length.
Miami also may be in trouble in terms of health.
Hassan Whiteside left Game 3 with a quad bruise and sat out practice on Sunday. He is listed as questionable for Game 4 on Monday.
Whiteside is averaging 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game in this series.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Heat are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Heat are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 vs. Eastern Conference
- Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Monday games.
- Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
Everything was flipped in Game 3. It looked like Miami had this series in the balance, but now Charlotte is right back in this.
Defense will be the key here. Can Charlotte match their intensity like in Game 3?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Charlotte ATS
The Hornets get their defensive efforts going here and make things difficult for Miami all night.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte 100 – Miami 92
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