Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 5/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Bally Sports Sun
The Miami Heat (33-30) head to Spectrum Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Charlotte Hornets (30-32).
The Miami Heat faced off with the San Antonio Spurs and walked away with a win by a score of 116-111 in their last contest. Miami walked away from the contest having earned a 50.6% field goal percentage (43 out of 85) and buried 9 out of their 25 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Heat buried 21 of 24 attempts for a rate of 87.5%. In terms of getting rebounds, they collected 48 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 26 assists in this game as well as forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and having 4 steals. In relation to the defense, Miami allowed the other team to shoot 46.6% from the field on 41 out of 88 shooting. San Antonio dished out 26 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. On top of that, San Antonio snagged 40 boards (7 offensive, 33 defensive) and earned 1 block. San Antonio finished the game shooting 79.2% from the free throw line by burying 19 of 24 tries. They also knocked down 10 of their 32 tries from beyond the arc.
Jimmy Butler is a guy who played a role for this game. He had 29 points on 11 of 23 shooting. He was on the court for 39:13 minutes and totaled 8 rebounds. Butler ended up shooting 47.8% from the floor and also dished out 6 assists. Someone else that was a factor in the game for the Heat was Bam Adebayo. He collected 11 rebounds in his 32:05 min played. He finished shooting 63.6% from the field in the game by going 7-of-11 (21 points). Overall, Adebayo accounted for 2 assists.
Miami comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 33-30 on the year. The Heat are connecting on 34.8% on three-point attempts (792 of 2,276) and 79.1% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 106.5 pts per game (27th in the league) while shooting 46.1% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.3 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.9 fouls per game. As a team, Miami is pulling down 41.8 boards per game and is sitting with 1,640 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 10th in the league in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Heat are able to force 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. They are conceding 36.1% from 3-point land while they are 3rd in the league in points per game allowed (107.2). The Heat defense is giving up a FG percentage of 45.2% (957 of 1,239) and they surrender 43.6 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 24th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,609 relinquished this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Charlotte Hornets went home defeated by a final of 120-111 when they faced the Boston Celtics. The Hornets pulled down 22 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 in this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while recording 7 steals for the matchup. The Celtics committed 24 fouls in this game which took the Hornets to the charity stripe for a total of 32 shots. They were able to bury 24 of those for a rate of 75.0%. In regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Charlotte buried 13 of their 35 tries (37.1%). When the final whistle was blown, the Hornets finished shooting 37 for 87 from the field which had them shooting 42.5%. The Hornets allowed the Celtics to convert 44 out of their 92 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 47.8% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 37.5% from 3-point land by going 15 out of 40 and finished the game at 17 out of 22 at the free throw line (77.3%). When talking about team rebounding, Charlotte permitted Boston to collect 54 in total (19 on the offensive side).
Devonte' Graham was important for the Hornets in this game. He made 7 of 19 in the game for a rate of 36.8%, and tallied 5 rebounds. Graham racked up 25 points in his 38:42 minutes on the hardwood and added 7 assists in this matchup. Another guy who was a determining factor for Charlotte was P.J. Washington. He came away with 2 dimes in 39:25 mins on the court, and he put in 8 out of 16 from the floor. Washington walked away from this one going 50.0% from the field in addition to totaling 19 points and 3 boards.
Charlotte has a win-loss record of 30-32 on the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Hornets are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 21st in the NBA. Charlotte has accounted for 6,809 pts so far this year (109.8 per contest) and they collect 43.4 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 26.9 times per game (6th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 15.1 times per contest. The Hornets are responsible for committing 18.0 personal fouls every game while shooting 76.8% from the charity stripe. The Hornets on the defensive end are ranked 14th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 111.3. They are forcing their opponents into 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.7% from the floor (16th in basketball). The Charlotte defense gives up 36.5% on shots from distance (910 of 2,490) and their opponents are knocking down 75.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 27.3 dimes and 44.9 rebounds every game, which is 30th and 19th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Miami
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