MIAMI HEAT (26-9)
at CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (11-20)
Tip-off: Monday, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Miami -9, Total: 189
The Heat seek their 11th straight road win when they travel to Charlotte on Monday. Miami has won 17 of its past 18 games overall, while Charlotte has dropped seven of its past 10 games (both SU and ATS). Vegas odds.
Miami is shooting 50.7% during the road win streak, outscoring its opponents by an average score of 105 to 90. LeBron James is averaging 28.5 PPG in the 11 games and Dwyane Wade is pumping in 28.2 PPG in his nine games during the streak.
Miami had to overcome a 20-point deficit at home in Saturday’s 114-107 win over Golden State. James, Wade and Chris Bosh scored 25, 25 and 20 points, respectively, and held the Warriors to 35 second-half points. The Heat last played Charlotte on Nov. 19, winning 95-87. Bosh had 22 points and 11 rebounds in that contest, giving him 27.2 PPG and 11.5 RPG in his past 10 meetings with the Bobcats. Betting lines.
Charlotte’s last game was also against Golden State, a 96-95 home loss on Friday. That was the first defeat in three games for interim coach Paul Silas who replaced the fired Larry Brown on Dec. 22. Stephen Jackson (team-high 18.3 PPG) led Charlotte with 22 points in the defeat and is averaging 25.8 PPG in his past four games.
But the Bobcats will be without their top rebounder as Gerald Wallace (16.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG) could miss a few games after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday’s practice. F Tyrus Thomas (11.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG) has missed the past two games with a wrist injury, but is expected to play Monday night. Seldom-used C DeSagana Diop (11.3 MPG) is out with an Achilles injury. Wallace will be replaced in the lineup by his teammate with the same first name, Gerald Henderson. The second-year pro tied a season-high on Friday with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and also chipped in six rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
Although Charlotte is 7-1 ATS (4-5 SU) in the past eight meetings with the Heat, these two FoxSheets trends think Miami will win and cover the nine points.
Play On – Road favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (MIAMI) – good team – outscoring their opponents by 3+ points/game, after scoring 105 points or more 3 straight games.(83-39 since 1996.) (68%, +40.1 units. Rating = 3*).
Play On – Road favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points (MIAMI) – after allowing 105 points or more 2 straight games. (88-49 since 1996.) (64.2%, +34.1 units. Rating = 2*).
The FoxSheets also like the Under based on these two trends:
Erik Spoelstra is 42-20 UNDER (67.7% +20.0 Units) after 2 or more consecutive wins as the coach of MIAMI. The average score was MIAMI 96.6, OPPONENT 91.5 – (Rating = 2*). Sports scores.
Play Under – Any team (MIAMI) – in a game involving 2 slow-down teams (<=77 shots/game), after a game – attempting 20+ more free throws than opponent.(23-6 since 1996.) (79.3%, +16.4 units. Rating = 2*).