20* NBA Non-Conference GAME OF THE WEEK on New Orleans Hornets +7
Miami vs. New Orleans,
03/29/2013 20:00 EDT,
Score: 108 - 89
Point Spread: +7½/-105 New Orleans
The Miami Heat are in a huge letdown spot tonight. They just had their 27-game winning streak snapped against Chicago on Wednesday, and it's going to be hard to get motivated to play the game after that crushing defeat. I look for the Heat to suffer a hangover effect because of it.
New Orleans has proven to be giant killers here of late as it continues to play out its season. It has won three of its last four with victories over Boston (87-86) as a 4.5-point underdog, Memphis (90-83) as a 6-point dog, and Denver (110-86) as a 7-point dog. The Hornets will not be intimidated by the Heat tonight.
The home team has won each of the last six meetings dating back to 2009. In fact, New Orleans is 6-0 SU in its last 6 home meetings with Miami dating back to 2006. The Heat are 3-13-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings in New Orleans. Bet the Hornets Friday.