Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Hornets vs Heat Lines
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(2-2) Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat (2-2)
Round 1: Game 5
Date: Wednesday April 27, 2016
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Miami -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 193
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After it looked like the Heat would have no problems with the Charlotte Hornets, things completely shifted when the series shifted to Charlotte.
Now, the series comes back to Miami, where the Heat must steal the momentum back.
The Hornets have looked like two completely different teams and maybe that’s because they partly are.
Nicolas Batum played in Games 1 and 2 and the Hornets were absolutely obliterated. Batum then went down and Frank Kaminsky, the 7 footer, was inserted in his spot.
The Hornets mentality and defensive efforts completely shifted and they shut the Heat down in back to back games to even things back up at 2 games a piece.
Charlotte still will have to steal a game on the road, where they haven’t played well this season. With the 2 losses this series, the Hornets are now just 18-25 SU on the road. Their defense has let them down, as they concede 103 points per game on the road.
F Marvin Williams has been extremely inconsistent this series. He does have a 12 point, 5 of 9 shooting, performance in game 3. However, he has shot just 1 for 22 in the other 3 games combined.
Miami has been one of the biggest public bets through the first round of the NBA Playoffs and when it looked like they would be extremely profitable this series, things took a quick turn south.
Miami has failed to cover in the last 2 games and will now return home and lay 5.5 and 6 at some shops. They covered 4.5 point spreads in both Game 1 and Game 2.
Hassan Whiteside will be the first big key for Miami here. Whiteside had just 8 points and 7 rebounds in Game 4, which was the first time the big man hasn’t recorded a double-double this series.
He’s been battling injuries himself, but with the Hornets adding length and height to their line up, Whiteside is almost a necessity.
Miami has been extremely dominant on their home court. The Heat have gone 30-13 SU and 25-17-1 ATS in that span.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Hornets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.
- Heat are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Heat are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games.
- Heat are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Home court has been a huge factor, obviously, here in this series.
Laying the points here is tough after seeing how Miami played in the last 2 games though. The momentum has shifted and the Hornets have it all.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Charlotte +5.5
The Hornets keep things close with a chance to steal this one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Miami 100 – Charlotte 97
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