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Heat @ Hornets: Charlotte, Miami battle for Eastern Conference playoff position

Heat @ Hornets NBA odds, spreads and predictions

Miami and Charlotte are tied for the eighth seed in the East.

The Heat are on their best stretch of the season after picking up a season-high third straight win edging out the Atlanta Hawks 114-113.

Dwayne Wade took over the fourth quarter scoring 14 of his 23 points in the fourth, adding five assists, and two blocks off the bench. In the second quarter, Wade made history recording the 1,052nd blocked shot of his career passing Michael Jordan for the most by a guard.

Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow both shot over 50 percent from the field and grabbed five rebounds while contributing 19 and 18 points respectively.

Dion Waiters made five-of-nine attempts from the field for 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, and three steals.

Game information

When is it? Wednesday March 6th

What time is tip off? 7:00 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Spectrum Center

Which channel is it on? FOX Sports MIA/CHAR

The lowdown

The Charlotte Hornets have dropped four of the last five games after falling to the Portland Trail Blazers 118-108.

Kemba Walker had an off night shooting 5-of-21 from field, but managed to scrape together a double-double totaling 18 points and 12 assists.

Jeremy Lamb was efficient off the bench knocking down all four attempts from three-point range for a team-high 23 points.

Frank Kaminsky and Tony Parker both also added double-digit contributions off the bench; Kaminsky had 18 points and seven rebounds, Parker scored 14 points and dished out five assists.

Heat @ Hornets Spread

Charlotte is giving Miami 2.5 points in this matchup.

Both the Heat and Hornets hold the record of 29-34, and the winner of this matchup will stand alone as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Miami ranks third best in the NBA allowing 106.6 ppg, but will have a tough task slowing down Walker.

Although Charlotte is in a bit of a slump, I expect Walker to have a big game and lead the Hornets to victory.

Take the Charlotte to cover.

Heat @ Hornets Moneyline

Think Miami will win a fourth consecutive game? Betting $83 could win profit of $100.

Like Charlotte to bounce back at home? Spending $140 would win $100 profit.

Heat @ Hornets Over/Under

The over/under for this matchup is set at 219.5 points.

Final score prediction: Miami Heat 104, Charlotte Hornets 112

Take the under in this game.

Where the game will be won or lost

Charlotte defeated Miami both times these teams squared off earlier this season.

In both matchups, the Heat were lead in scoring off the bench by Wade which isn't necessarily a recipe for success. Miami will need their starters of Richardson, Winslow, and Kelly Olynyk to step up and produce.

For the Hornets, they'll have to lean on their depth at the guard position. Walker averaged 29 ppg over the two meetings with Miami. Parker and Lamb are the other guards to keep an eye on, and forward Nicolas Batum will also have to find his rhythm offensively.

Stephen Rodriguez
@TinoRodriguez__ in NBA