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Pointspread favors Heat in battle with Bobcats

Charlotte BobcatsMiami Heat
27-32March 03, 2014, 07:30 | AmericanAirlines Arena42-14

The visiting Bobcats hope to send their backers to the pay window on Monday as they look to cover the spread at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Heat.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Heat are 42-14 so far on the season, and 28-27-1 ATS vs. the number. The Bobcats, meanwhile, are 27-32 and 32-25-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 32-24 and the Bobcats go 28-29-2 on the totals.

View Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Heat as -12.5-point Favorite in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 196 earlier at GTbets.eu.

The Heat sit at No. 13 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Bobcats are at No. 21 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Heat will win this game 97-89.

Charlotte lost its last outing, a 116-99 result against the Thunder on March 2. The Bobcats failed to cover in that game as a 11-point underdog, while the 215 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Bobcats wasted a 25-point performance from Al Jefferson as Oklahoma City ran past them 116-99 on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

In their last action, Miami was a 112-98 winner at home against the Magic. They earned a push of the 14-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (210) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Dwyane Wade scored 24 points leading the Heat to a 112-98 victory over Orlando at AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 104.36 PPG, against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 4 at 97 PPG. The Heat field goal percentage has averaged 51.06% so far, more than the Bobcats shooters have achieved on the year, 43.59% per game.

Next up:
Charlotte home to Indiana, Wednesday, March 5th
Miami at Houston, Tuesday, March 4th