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Hornets Have the Heat on the Ropes

The Charlotte Hornets have not won a playoff series in 14 years, but they have the opportunity to do so tonight against the Miami Heat. The Hornets are fresh off exorcising some demons in Miami, as the franchise won just its second game in its last 16 visits to South Beach in Game 5 — a 90-88 triumph.

Shark Bites
  • The Heat are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games with one day off between games.
  • The Hornets are 0-7 SU in their last seven games on Friday.
  • The Hornets are 2-6 SU and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games after consecutive wins.

A strong defense has been the biggest reasons for the Hornets’ resurgence. Charlotte went down 0-2 out of the gate but has since been shutting down Miami, allowing the Heat to average just 84.3 points per game on 38.6 percent shooting. Miami averaged 119 points on 57.8 percent shooting in the opening two games of the series.

Including this series, Charlotte has won five of its last six over Miami at Time Warner Cable Arena. Since star Dwayne Wade entered the league in 2003-04, Miami is 8-7 SU when facing elimination.

Miami has shot just 33.3 percent from beyond the arc in the last three games after going 18 of 34 from downtown in the first two games.

The total, which opened at 191, has progressively gotten lower as the series has gone on. The UNDER is 9-3 in the Heat’s last 12 with a closing total of 191 or less.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Charlotte Hornets as -1.5-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 191.5 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 102-97 win for the Heat on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Charlotte battles the Miami Heat, currently with a 50-37 mark (45-41-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 42-44-1 for the Charlotte Hornets and 36-51 for the Miami Heat. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Charlotte vs Miami injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 9-rated Miami Heat taking on the No. 5-rated Charlotte Hornets in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Charlotte's No. 15-rated NBA squad against Miami's No. 12-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Charlotte rates No. 5 in the league with 10.36 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 27 with 6.2 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Miami is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Miami is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games
  • Miami is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Charlotte is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Charlotte is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Charlotte's last 10 games
  • Charlotte is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

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Miami home to Charlotte, Sunday, May 1st

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