Hornets at Heat Game 5 - 4/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (50-36) at Miami Heat (50-36)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -5 -- Over/Under: 193 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat play game five Wednesday night at the American Airlines Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets can take full control of this series with their third straight win to go up 3-2. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 94.8 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 100.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 24.8 points and three assists while Al Jefferson is averaging 14.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jeremy Lin is dishing 2.5 assists and Cody Zeller is grabbing six rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 23.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.8 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are allowing 42.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost five of their last seven road games. Nicolas Batum is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Miami Heat hope to keep the trend alive with home teams winning every game in this series. The Miami Heat are averaging 100.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 94.8 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.3 points and 6.5 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.8 points and 12.3 rebounds. Goran Dragic is dishing 5.3 assists and Luol Deng is grabbing seven rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 23.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won eight straight home games.
The Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Heat are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The home team has dominated all four games in this series, so you'd be crazy to bet against the trend. Not to mention the Heat are an extremely good team at home and look completely different than when they play on the road. Miami should win this game and cover the reasonable chalk.