Heat vs. Hornets - 3/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (37-28) at Miami Heat (39-28)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -4 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat meet Thursday night at the American Airlines Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets look to keep rolling after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 103.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 101 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 21.5 points and 5.3 assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 14.6 points and 6.3 rebounds. Al Jefferson is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing three assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won six of their last eight road games.
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The Miami Heat also look for another win after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 98 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 96.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 19.3 points and 4.7 assists while Joe Johnson is averaging 14 points and 3.2 rebounds. Goran Dragic is dishing 5.6 assists and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 11.7 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won four straight home games.
The Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast. The Heat are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The Hornets are 6-14-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
The Heat have been rolling ever since they got Joe Johnson, and they're catching the Hornets on the end of a back to back. The Heat should win this game at home and cover the small number.