The Miami Heat take on the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday December 26th. The oddsmakers have made Miami a 10.5-point favorite in this game. The total is set at 204. We will have a Free NBA Picks for you at the end of the preview.
The Heat are coming off a grueling win at home on Christmas Day against Oklahoma City. The game consisted of several fouls and players getting banged up. The one thing about Miami is that they usually play to their competition during the course of the regular-season.
Miami is currently ranked 4th in the NBA in scoring and 3rd if offensive efficiency. The Heat are led by Lebron James who continues to show everyone why he is the best all-around player in the NBA.
Last year the Heat were one of the better defensive teams in the NBA. This year they are currently ranked 15th in scoring defense,10th in fg% defense and 14th in defensive efficiency.
MIAMI is 13-3 ATS (+9.7 Units) when they score 105 to 109 points in a game over the last 2 seasons.
What can we say about Charlotte? They started off looking like one of the most improved teams in the NBA and now have lost 15 games in a row. They really are not that talented but they have some nice players in Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd Gilchrist.
Charlotte is currently ranked 15th in scoring offense but only 25th in offensive efficiency.
The Bobcats defense is what is giving them issues all season. They currently ranked 30th (last) in scoring defensive and 30th in defensive efficiency (last). These are the type of numbers that lead to long losing streaks.
CHARLOTTE is 32-60 ATS (-34.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
CHARLOTTE is 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) in home games after playing 3 consecutive games as a road underdog over the last 3 seasons.
Free NBA Pick:
All signs and stats point to the Heat in this game. However, after a grueling and tiring game against the Thunder on Christmas Day, they will probably;y rest a lot of of their players more and the energy level just won’t be there. We have already seen Miami lose to Washington, almost lose to Dallas and San Antonio without their key players, and they were blown out at home to the Knicks, who played without Carmelo Anthony. Take the Bobcats plus the points in this one.