The first-round series between the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat has been a true battle of veteran experience with upstart youth, and it will be decided Sunday in Game 7. The UNDER continues to be be the best bet in this matchup, as each of the last four meetings between the squads have gone below the closing total.
The Heat franchise has played in eight all-time Game 7’s, going 5-3 SU in those contests. Dwayne Wade has played in six of those, with the last win coming in 2013 when they beat San Antonio in the NBA Finals.
Miami, who went up 2-0 before letting the Hornets win three in a row, has been a tough club to figure out all year. The absence of Chris Bosh (blood clots) has been obvious at times for this bunch, but they’ve done better than expected without the dominant power forward.
Luol Deng has really turned it up a notch in the postseason, and he should factor into this game once again. Dang is averaging 19.7 points in this series - 7.4 more than in the regular season.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
A 107-89 result in favor of the Heat is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Charlotte Hornets will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 45-42-1 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Miami Heat are 46-41-1 ATS. Charlotte is 42-45-1 vs the betting total points scored; Miami is 36-52. 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.
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Charlotte Hornets rank No. 15 in the league with 43.48 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. 27-ranked team at 6.22 per game, while the Charlotte Hornets rate No. 5 with 10.3 per contest.
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