Wednesday, April 20, 2016
American Airlines Arena
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The Charlotte Hornets travel to American Airlines Arena to play the Miami Heat on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Miami leads the series 1-0. The opening line for this game has Miami as 5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 202.5.
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The Hornets had a regular season record of 48-34 and a road record of 18-23. They were 3rd in the Southeast Division. They had a point differential of 2.7 as they averaged 103.4 points per game while giving up 100.7 per contest. Charlotte was 8-8 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 33-19. The Heat had a regular season record of 48-34 and a home record of 28-13. They were 1st in the Southeast Division. They averaged 100 points per game and surrendered 98.4, good for a point differential of 1.6. Miami had a division record of 10-6 and a conference record of 31-21.
Kemba Walker comes into this contest after averaging 20.9 points per game while playing 35.6 minutes per night this season for the Hornets. He pulled down 4.4 rebounds per game and dished out 5.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 43% while his free throw percentage was at 85%. Nicolas Batum averaged 14.9 points per game in 35 minutes per contest this season. He averaged 5.8 assists per contest and 6.1 rebounds per game for Charlotte. His field goal percentage was 43% for the year while his free throw percentage was 85%.
Dwyane Wade averaged 19 points per game while playing 30.5 minutes per contest this year for the Heat. He grabbed 4.1 rebounds per game and had 4.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage was 46% and his free throw percentage was at 79%. Goran Dragic averaged 14.1 points per game this season and he saw the court an average of 32.8 minutes per contest. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds per contest and 5.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 48% and his free throw percentage was 73%.
Charlotte averaged 103.3 points per contest this season which ranked them 11th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was 2.3 and their shooting percentage was 44% as a team which had them ranked 26th. Behind the arc they shot 36% which was good for 8th in the league. They averaged 52 rebounds per game and 21.6 assists per game which ranked them 14th and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 1st with 12.5 per game. The Hornets allowed 101 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 9th in the league. They also allowed a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 13th and 14th in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 52.3 rebounds a game which ranked 16th and they gave up 23.2 assists per contest which put them in 23rd place in the league. They forced 13.4 turnovers per game which ranked them 21st in the league.
Miami averaged 100.3 points per game this year which ranked them 23rd in the league. Their average scoring margin was 2 and their shooting percentage was 47% as a team which had them sitting in the 4th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 34% which was good for 25th in the NBA. They averaged 51.9 rebounds per game and 20.9 assists per contest which ranked them 16th and 23rd respectively. In the turnover department the Heat ranked 14th with 14 per game. The Heat allowed 98.3 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 4th in the league. They also allowed a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 9th and 12th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 49.1 rebounds a game which ranked 5th and they gave up 20.1 assists per contest which put them in 2nd place in the league. The Heat forced 12.9 turnovers per game which ranked them 27th in the NBA.
The Hornets averaged 101.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 107.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of -1.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -1.3 per contest. The Hornets had an offensive rating of 107.1 and a defensive rating of 104.3. In terms of pace they averaged 95.7 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 50%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shot 3 pointers on 35% of their shots. Charlotte turned the ball over an average of 11.7 times per 100 possessions and they forced 12.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 50%.
The Heat scored 103.7 ppg at home and they have averaged 103.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 9.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they had a difference of 6 points per game. The Heat rating on offense was 106.1 and they had a defensive rating of 104.4. They had 93.6 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 51%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempted 3 pointers on 22% of their shot attempts. Miami turned the ball over on 13.3 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 12.1 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 49%.
Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets were 42-38-2 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets were 40-40-2 against the over/under
Miami Heat Betting Trends
The Miami Heat were 43-38-1 against the spread
The Miami Heat were 34-48-0 against the over/under
Charlotte Hornets Injuries
04/18/16 PG Kemba Walker Knee probable Wednesday vs. Miami
02/16/16 F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Shoulder out for season
Miami Heat Injuries
02/17/16 F Chris Bosh Blood Clot out indefinitely
02/01/16 G Tyler Johnson Shoulder out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Charlotte
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