Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat, Wednesday, NBA Basketball Odds, Las Vegas Betting, Picks and Prediction

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CHARLOTTE HORNETS MIAMI HEAT
28-35 March 8, 7:30 PM | AmericanAirlines Arena 30-34
Charlotte at Miami, Betting Lines
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Charlotte), FSN Sun (Miami)
Rotation – Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
503 –Charlotte Hornets +4 -110 +155 Ov 204½ -110
504 –Miami Heat -4 -110 -175 Un 204½ -110

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Wednesday when the Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat meet at American Airlines Arena.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (28-35): Charlotte All-Star point guard Kemba Walker was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday and celebrated by dropping 28 points and seven assists on the Pacers later that night. The UConn product is averaging 29 points while shooting 47.9 percent from 3-point range over the last five games and committed only one turnover in each of the last three contests. The Hornets sit three games behind the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, who are tied for the Nos. 7 and 8 spots in the East, and can look forward to a stretch of eight of 10 at home after Wednesday’s visit to Miami.

ABOUT THE HEAT (30-34): Miami is 1 1/2 games behind the Bulls and Pistons after its record dropped as low as 11-30, and it ranks as the hottest team in the East. “We believe in ourselves and if other people don’t, we have done a good job of opening eyes,” Waiters told the Miami Herald. “We need to keep flying under the radar.” Waiters is making his way onto plenty of radars around NBA circles with his play over the last two months but combined to go 4-of-21 from the floor in a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday before stepping up on Monday in Cleveland.

Oddsmakers currently have the Heat listed as 4-point favorites versus the Hornets, while the game’s total is sitting at 204½.

The Miami Heat just got done sweeping a home-and-home set from the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers and are knocking on the door of the No. 8 spot in the East. The Charlotte Hornets, who visit the Heat on Wednesday, are just beginning to play well again and are trying to drag themselves back into the race for a postseason spot.

Miami breezed past a Cavaliers team without LeBron James and Kyrie Irving 120-92 on Saturday but backed that win up with a 106-98 triumph at Cleveland on Monday in which the two All-Stars both played heavy minutes. The Heat are winners of 19 of their last 23 games and got a big boost on Monday from shooting guard Dion Waiters, who pulled out of a shooting slump and posted a team-high 29 points on 12-of-24 shooting. The Hornets made a brief stop at home on Monday after a seven-game road trip and showed off the type of challenge they can present when they lock in at the defensive end in a 100-88 triumph over the Indiana Pacers. “We played with good energy in the first half, which was the biggest thing I was worried about coming off of that trip and plane ride yesterday,” Charlotte coach Steve Clifford told reporters. “The guys had good readiness. Our No. 1 problem has been our fourth-quarter defense and to hold them to 22 in the fourth, the guys did a good job. It was a good win and we’re playing more consistently.”

The Heat were a 106-98 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Cavaliers. They covered the +9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (204) made winners of UNDER bettors.

The Hornets were a 100-88 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pacers. They covered the -4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (188) made winners of UNDER bettors.

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Charlotte:
Team record: 28-35 SU,27-33-3 ATS
Charlotte is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Charlotte is 6-12-2 ATS in its last 20 games
Charlotte is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Miami:
Team record: 30-34 SU,38-26 ATS
Miami is 19-4 ATS in its last 23 games
Miami is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 7 games

Next up:
Charlotte home to Orlando Friday, March 10
Miami home to Toronto Saturday, March 11

NBA HOOPS TIPS

1. Heat PF James Johnson (elbow), SG Tyler Johnson (shoulder) and SF Luke Babbitt (back spasms) are all day-to-day.

2. Hornets C Cody Zeller contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes on Monday – his highest totals in four games since returning from a quad injury.

3. Charlotte took the first two meetings this season, including a 97-91 triumph in Miami on Oct. 28.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Charlotte Hornets will cover the spread at +4 and the game will go over 204½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Heat 106, Hornets 103 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
CHR TEAM MIA
104.8 PTS FOR 102.3
104.3 PTS AGNST 101.9
0.5 DIFF. 0.4
35.9 DEF REBOUNDS 33.5
9.0 OFF REBOUNDS 10.5
43.7 FG% 45.3
81.2 FT% 69.9
10.2 3 POINTERS 9.7
6.7 STEALS 7.0
BETTING TRENDS
CHARLOTTE
Charlotte is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Charlotte is 6-12-2 ATS in its last 20 games
Charlotte is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Charlotte’s last 12 games
Charlotte is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games
Charlotte is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Charlotte is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte’s last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Charlotte’s last 13 games when playing on the road against Miami
Charlotte is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games when playing on the road against Miami
MIAMI
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 7 games
Miami is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami’s last 6 games at home
Miami is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Miami is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Charlotte
Miami is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Charlotte
Miami is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Miami’s last 13 games when playing at home against Charlotte
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Charlotte’s Overall Scoring vs Miami’s Overall Defense 104.8 18 101.9 5
Charlotte’s Away Scoring vs Miami’s Home Defense 104.7 14 101.5 7
Charlotte’s Road Rebounds vs Miami’s Home Rebounds Allowed 44.7 6 43.2 18
Miami’s Overall Scoring vs Charlotte’s Overall Defense 102.3 24 104.3 9
Miami’s Home Scoring vs Charlotte’s Road Defense 105.6 20 106.7 15
Miami’s Home Rebounds vs Charlotte’s Road Rebounds Allowed 44.0 16 45.4 25
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
CHARLOTTE
Charlotte is second last in the league in field goal percentage at just 43.7.
Charlotte leads the league in free throw percentage with 81.2.
Charlotte allows the second most three points made in the league with 11.2 per game.
MIAMI
Miami has the worst free throw percentage in the league with just 69.9.
Miami leads the league in three points made allowed with 8.0 per game.

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