Viewers will watch Hornets vs. Heat Game 1 live stream online and TV coverage as the two teams meet up in Miami. It’s an intriguing first-round series featuring two teams considered potential sleepers to give Cleveland trouble in the East this postseason. Some analysts feel the Miami Heat are a team flying under the radar thanks to Hassan Whiteside, veteran Dwyane Wade, and his latest group of teammates. Others feel it’s Charlotte’s upset series, as they have boasted one of the better records since the All-Star break in the league. This 2016 NBA live streaming and televised playoffs game arrives through the TNT networks on Sunday evening for fans to watch.
On April 16, The Miami Herald reported that the Heat will have the advantage in this series when it comes to their shooting guard and head coach. Both Dwyane Wade and Erik Spoelstra have won a few championships before, leading them to have more playoff experience than most of the Hornets. Wade was able to win his first when teamed up with Shaquille O’Neal and a cast that also included vets Gary Payton, Alonzo Mourning and more. His next two came when the “Big 3” had been formed and included LeBron James and Chris Bosh. James is now back in Cleveland and 19.1 points per game scorer Bosh is not expected to play in this first round series. Wade will hope for some throwback performances from his days of old, as well as big games from new teammates like Hassan Whiteside, Goran Tragic and Joe Johnson.
The Heat and Hornets split their four regular season meetings with each team winning home and away games. The most recent of those saw Charlotte prevail 109-106 in Miami. The win came due to the combined efforts of Charlotte’s two major stars Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson who each scored 21 points. Jefferson also had 10 rebounds, while Charlotte shot 46.5 percent for the game. One of the keys to the game was the Hornet’s defense though, as they forced 15 turnovers by the home team and had just eight themselves. Watch for Charlotte to try to repeat that defensive toughness tonight. They’ll likely use all of their weapons including Nic Batum and leading bench player Jeremy Lin, who may get an extra call or two after his recent viral video.
The odds for Game 1 of this Eastern Conference series have Miami as the favorite by five points at American Airlines Arena. Against the spread this season, the Heat are 25-23-2 overall and 21-19-1 at home. Charlotte has been 16-20-1 as the underdog and 17-23-1 away from home. On the moneyline, Charlotte is priced at +175 as underdogs, with Miami at -200. Tonight’s over/under points total to consider is 200 points for the complete game. Neither team is really considered a strong favorite to win the championship this postseason. On the Vegas Insider future odds, Miami has 75 to 1 odds, while Charlotte is several spots below then with odds of 125 to 1 to win it all.
Sunday night’s Hornets vs. Heat Game 1 is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time start. The live television coverage of this NBA Playoffs matchup in Miami comes from TNT network in the United States. To watch the Hornets vs. Heat live streaming online, U.S. cable and satellite viewers will need to have access to WatchTNT apps or the TNTDrama website. A good way to catch free streaming online coverage of this game is by signing up for SlingTV’s free 7-day trial offer including TNT channel. For Sirius XM Satellite Radio customers who want live game audio, that can be found on channel 207 and Internet channel 883 starting at 5:30 p.m. ET.