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Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets - 10/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (1-0) at Miami Heat (1-0)

NBA Basketball: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSE/SUN

The Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat meet Friday night in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.

The Charlotte Hornets look for another victory after beating up on the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 107 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 96 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 23 points and 14 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 17 points and eight assists. Roy Hibbert is the third double-digit scorer and Cody Zeller is grabbing three rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 18.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have a chance to start 2-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Frank Kaminsky and Brian Roberts are questionable.

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets - 10/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Heat also look to build on their opening victory after beating the Orlando Magic Wednesday night. The Miami Heat are averaging 108 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 96 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Hassan Whiteside is averaging 18 points and 14 rebounds while Goran Dragic is averaging 16 points and six assists. Tyler Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Justise Winslow is grabbing eight rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 25 percent from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat hope to start 2-0 for the second time in three years. Wayne Ellington and Josh Richardson are questionable.

The Hornets are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The Heat are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 vs. NBA Southeast and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. 

I tried to tell you guys the Miami Heat will be better than most predict, and we saw that Wednesday when they cashed with an outright win as six-point underdogs. The home team has won five of the last seven games between the Hornets and Heat. Miami is also a pretty good home team overall. I'll take the Heat here and the small line. 

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Miami Heat -2.5

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