Hornets at Heat Game 1- 4/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (48-34) at Miami Heat (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat play game one of the playoffs Sunday at the American Airlines Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets have made the playoffs twice in three years under head coach Steve Clifford. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 103.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 100.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 20.9 points and 5.2 assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 14.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. Jeremy Lin is dishing three assists and Marvin Williams is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have split their last eight road games.
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The Miami Heat have now made the playoffs in seven of the last eight years. The Miami Heat are averaging 100 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 98.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 19 points and 4.6 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.2 points and 11.8 rebounds. Goran Dragic is dishing 5.8 assists and Joe Johnson is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won six straight home games. Udonis Haslem is questionable with a foot injury.
The Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Heat are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games and 35-16-2 ATS in their last 53 Sunday games. The Hornets are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Miami.
The Heat are very tough to beat at home, especially come playoff time as this is one of most experienced teams in the league. The Hornets are a serious sleeper team, but an upset won't take place in game one when you factor in the rest for both teams and everything else.