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Hornets Disappoint Early in Playoffs

Posted by Jay Sanin on 4/24/2016 11:44:40 AM

After getting the short end of a logjam that dropped the Charlotte Hornets from a possible top three team in the Eastern Conference down to the number six seed, the Hornets were expected to be a tough out in their first round series against the Miami Heat. That, however, has not been the case as the Hornets have been thoroughly dominated in multiple games to this point in the series and look like they are on their way out after just one round.

No Defense

Charlotte was expected to play decent defense throughout this series, but that has not been the case at all, as they have allowed the Heat to score at will during the games in Miami to the point that even great performances in Charlotte might not be enough to salvage the series. From the starters to the bench players, the Heat have been able to get offensive production that has many wondering if the Heat can compete for the Eastern Conference championship rather than Charlotte.

Before the first game of this series, the over/under for game one was relatively low, with odds calculators revealing that betting the Hornets and the under could provide good value. But both the Hornets and the under have taken a beating this series, thanks to the Heat averaging a massive 119 points per game through two contests in this series.

Comeback Chances

After two games between the Heat and Hornets, series odds have the Heat at -850 to win the series, with the Hornets at +635 to pull off what would be an impressive comeback. In order for them to do so, several players will need to be better than they have been for Charlotte, most notably Kemba Walker, whose reputation as a big shot maker hasn't even been tested in this series due to just how lopsided the games have been.

If the Hornets do manage to put together a comeback in this series, it will be a product of their defense, which cannot afford to keep allowing scores in the triple digits if they want any chance whatsoever to advance to round two.

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