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.
- 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 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 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.