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NBA betting line favors Heat over Bobcats

Charlotte BobcatsMiami Heat
Jan 1, 6:00 PM | AmericanAirlines Arena

Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat Odds

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Miami will look to improve on its 4-0 record on Sunday when they host Charlotte in NBA odds action at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat sport records of 4-0 and 1-3 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Bobcats sit at 1-2 and 2-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-2 for the Heat and 1-2 for the Bobcats.

View Charlotte vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Bobcats before tip-off in this one will find them as 15-point underdogs, while the total sits at 194.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Heat - Bobcats odds would favor the Heat if the lines were set according to power ranks. Miami is rated No. 3 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bobcats sit at No. 25. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 103-91 win for the Heat.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 3-ranked offense (104.8 PPG) against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 19 at 97 PPG. The Heat have averaged 50% from the field per game, more than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (42.6% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bobcats own the league's No. 1-rated mark, allowing 0 points per game when on the road. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in home scoring.

The Bobcats were a 100-79 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Magic. They failed to cover the 4–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (179) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Bobcats were blown out by Orlando on Friday, losing by a 100-79 final at Time Warner Cable Arena in basketball betting action.

In their last action, Miami was a 103-101 winner on the road against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 8.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (204) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Miami got 34 points from LeBron James en route to a 103-101 victory over Minnesota on Friday at Target Center.

Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing Orlando are 0-10
After a loss are 2-8

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Bobcats at Heat trends to consider:
Charlotte is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Charlotte's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte's last 8 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games when playing on the road against Miami
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Miami is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Charlotte
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Charlotte at Cleveland, Tuesday, January 3
Miami home to Atlanta, Monday, January 2

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