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Heat are Dynamite in the First Round

Kemba Walker

The Miami Heat had a record-setting start to Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series with the Charlotte Hornets, and they’ll be looking to keep the momentum going when Game 2 gets underway in South Beach tonight. Miami routed Charlotte 123-91 on Sunday – the most points they’ve ever put up in a playoff game and shot a sizzling 57.6 percent.

Shark Bites
  • The Hornets are 11-2 SU and ATS in their last 13 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The Heat are 7-0 SU and ATS in their last seven games at home.
  • The visiting team is 2-7 SU in its last nine games in this matchup.

It was the same story when these teams last met in the postseason in 2014. Miami swept the bunch from Buzz City, winning by an average of 9.8 points. Kemba Walker and company have dropped 15 of their last 16 in Miami.

The confines of American Airlines Arena have been extra friendly to the Heat as of late, as the squad has won there in seven straight matchups, SU and ATS. Dating back to the LeBron James era, Miami has won 10 straight first-round playoff series and 16 of its last 20 overall series after grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first game.

OVER bettors are loving the Hornets, and for good reason. Charlotte has gone above the closing total in six-straight heading into the tilt.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Charlotte Hornets listed as 5-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 202.5 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Heat to win this game 110-98. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Charlotte Hornets vs Miami Heat Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Miami Heat bring a 49-34 record (44-38-1 ATS) to the battle against the 48-35 Charlotte Hornets, who are 42-40-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Miami Heat go 35-48 so far and the Charlotte Hornets go 41-41-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Miami vs Charlotte injuries news.

The Heat - Hornets betting odds would favor the Hornets if the lines were set according to power rankings. Miami is rated No. 9 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Charlotte Hornets sit at No. 5.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Charlotte Hornets rank No. 15 in the league with 43.76 per game. That compares with Miami's No. 12 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is the NBA's No. 28-ranked team at 6.11 per game, while the Charlotte Hornets rate No. 4 with 10.59 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Charlotte was crushed on Sunday, getting run out of the gym by Miami and falling 123-91 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Charlotte is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Charlotte is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games
  • Charlotte is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Miami is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Miami is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami's last 12 games
  • Miami is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Charlotte home to Miami, Saturday, April 23rd