Heat vs. Hornets - 10/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (33-49) at Miami Heat (37-45)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -7 -- Over/Under: 192 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat open their season Wednesday at the American Airlines Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets hope to return to the playoffs as coach Steve Clifford enters his third season with the club. The Hornets have some decent pieces but will continue to be carried by underrated point guard Kemba Walker. The addition of Nicolas Batum helps in a big way, while signing Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb for bench depth also doesn't hurt. The deciding factor for the Hornets this season will come down to which Al Jefferson the team is going to get. The Charlotte Hornets have been a bubbling playoff team in the East the past few seasons but have struggled with consistency. Right now, the Hornets are a giant question mark, especially with the shoulder injury to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Troy Daniels is questionable with a hamstring injury.
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The Miami Heat are probably the most intriguing team entering the 2015 season, as the expectations are a wide area. With a starting lineup of Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside, Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and Luol Deng, the Heat are an Eastern Conference contender. However, there’s also the fact that Heat starting lineup has never played a minute together in a regular season game. While there’s wrinkles to iron out over the next few months, the additions of Gerald Green, Amar'e Stoudemire and Justise Winslow give the Heat a bench for a change. It also helps to have Josh McRoberts back from injury. The Miami Heat are a very interesting team on paper, but it’s going to take wins to convince the rest of the world that they have what it takes to make another title run.
The Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Heat are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Hornets are 5-12-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
I think the Heat win this game, but this is too much chalk for me to eat with a team that looked sloppy in the preseason and is still learning how to play together. The Heat's overall depth and talent gets the W, but I think the Hornets can keep it close.