Free NBA Hoops Pick: Hornets vs. Heat Lines
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Charlotte Hornets 38-29 (12-19 V) vs. Miami Heat 39-28 (22-12 H)
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: MIA -3
NBA Betting Total: 209.5
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The Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat are two teams both competing for home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Charlotte enters this game just one game back of Miami, which currently occupies the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.
These teams tip off at American Airlines Arena at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 17.
The Charlotte Hornets are on fire at the moment. Despite losing to the Dallas Mavericks, 107-99, back on March 14, this group is one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
They’ve won eight of their last nine games, and much of the credit there goes to point guard Kemba Walker.
While players such as Nicolas Batum have stepped up their games to contribute to the team’s overall success, it’s Walker who has made the month of March his own personal showcase.
He had four straight games of at least 30 points between March 2 and March 9, and while his scoring has naturally dropped since, he continues to stuff stat sheets on a nightly basis.
The Miami Heat make Pat Riley look like the basketball genius he is on a regular basis. The most recent example of this comes in the form of rookie Josh Richardson.
In the month of March, Richardson, the 40th overall pick from last summer’s draft, has averaged 11.1 points per night.
That may not sound like much in a vacuum, but his 65.4 percent shooting from behind the arc during that stretch (not to mention his 17- and 22-point outings in two of his last three contests) should come across as a bit more impressive.
In a season that could have very well been lost when Chris Bosh sat with another blood clot scare, Miami’s shrewd moves continue to help them climb the rankings out East.
The Heat are looking to keep their home-court advantage during the season’s home stretch, and the best way to do that is to beat a team funning for the No. 4 spot.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
- Hornets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Hornets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat Prediction
At this point, as well as the Heat have played despite their adversity, it’s tough to bet against the Hornets. They’re not only performing well in the traditional wins-losses category, but they’re also dominating as of late against the spread.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Charlotte ATS
Barring an unforeseen individual explosion from Miami, Charlotte should get a close win here.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte 98 – Miami 97
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