Two teams tied in the eighth and final playoff place of the Eastern Conference are clashing today, when the Charlotte Hornets (29-34), who have won only once in their last 5 games, are hosting the Miami Heat (29-34), who on the other hand have lost once in their last 4 games.
Date/Time: 03-06-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets -3
Charlotte Hornets have a 29-34 record (30-32-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 8th place of the East. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Blazers with a 108-118 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25.1 ppg, adding 4.2 boards and a team high 5.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.3 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
Miami Heat have a 29-34 record (33-30 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 8th place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they at home against the Hawks with a 114-113 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Josh Richardson with 17.4 ppg, adding 3.6 boards and 4 dimes per game. He is followed by Goran Dragic with 15.3 ppg and a team high 4.3 dimes per game.
Hornets have won both previous meetings against the Heat earlier this season (at home by 8 points and on the road by one). Hornets have a 20-13 home record, while the Heat are 15-16 on the road. Hornets are better offensively, scoring 111.2 ppg to Heat’s 106 ppg, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 106.6 ppg to Hornets’ 111.7. Both teams have identical field goal percentage (45.1%) and almost identical 3-point percentage (35.4% to 35.1%). Heat are better in boards grabbed (46.2 to 44.3) and in dimes made (24 to 23.2), while Hornets are better in turnovers committed (12.1 to 14.5). Hornets are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -3 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -3 (-109)
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