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Heat tip off title defense vs. Bobcats

The Miami Heat will begin the defense of their NBA title on Sunday afternoon by looking for their 17th consecutive SU victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA odds matchup.

The Heat went 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS against the Bobcats this past season, with the OVER/UNDER going 3-1 for totals bettors at the sportsbooks in those four contests. Miami enters the NBA postseason as the championship favorites.

Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat Opening Odds and Betting Line

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Miami Heat installed as -9-point Favorite in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including 5Dimes, at 188.

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Computer Prediction: Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat Pick

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 95-91 result in favor of the Heat today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Miami Heat are 54-28 so far on the NBA season, and 39-42-1 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Charlotte Bobcats, meanwhile, are 43-39 and 47-33-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 44-38 and the Bobcats go 38-41-3 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Miami vs Charlotte injuries news.

The Heat - Bobcats betting odds would favor the Bobcats if the lines were set according to power rankings. Miami is rated No. 12 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Charlotte Bobcats sit at No. 7.

How Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat Stats Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Miami's No. 12-ranked offense (102.2 PPG) against a Charlotte Bobcats defense that ranks No. 4 at 97.07 PPG. The Miami Heat have averaged 50.1% from the field per game, more than the Charlotte Bobcats have managed so far this NBA season (44.22% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bobcats were a 91-86 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bulls. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (177) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Bobcats grabbed a 91-86 win over the Bulls on Wednesday, behind a 22-point effort from Kemba Walker at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 100-87 loser as they battled the 76ers at home. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 187 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Heat endured a 100-87 loss at the hands of the 76ers on Wednesday, despite a 16-point effort from Dwyane Wade at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat Betting Odds Trends

Charlotte is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games
Charlotte is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games
Charlotte is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Miami is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Miami is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Miami is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Charlotte at Miami, Wednesday, April 23rd