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(20-27) Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat (27-21)
Date: Saturday January 27
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Heat 4.5
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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Saturday January 27, the Charlotte Hornets arrive at American Airlines Arena to tip off versus the Miami Heat. Charlotte enters on the second night of a back to back having beat the Hawks the night prior. The Heat lost their last game to the Kings which was the first time Sacramento registered a victory in Miami in 16 games.
Last season, the squads split their four games, but the Heat have won all three games this season and are on a five game win streak versus the Hornets including a controversial win last week. The Heat holds the all-time record having bested the Hornets 62 of their 103 matches.
Head Coach Steve Clifford’s return seems to have coincided with an improved offense by the Hornets. This could be coincidence, but the results are palpable. To wit, in the month of December the Hornets ranked 28th offensively, but in the month of January they rank 8th.
The other factors which are contributing is an easy strength of schedule likely combined with rumors of Kemba Walker being on the trade block.
Cody Zeller (knee) remains out after surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus. The hope is Zeller will be back shortly after the All-Star break.
Four players delivered double digit scoring in the match vs. the Kings, but only one (Dragic) was a starter.
From the period of December 20 to January 14 the Heat were among the hottest teams in the Association winning 10 of 12 matches including a seven game win streak.
Since then Miami are 2-4 with one of those victories being a one point victory over the Hornets which was added by a questionable call at game end.
More concerning is the teams the Heat are losing to (Sacramento, Brooklyn and Chicago) during this stretch. Part of this can be attributed to the Heat suffering untimely injuries.
Tyler Johnson may be the main reason for the Heat’s recent regression as he’s missed the past five games with an ankle sprain. Johnson’s presence is questionable for this game.
Others on the walking wounded list are Okaro White (foot) out til mid February, Dion Waiters (ankle) who is lost for the season and Rodney McGruder who won’t be back until April.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Heat are 6-19-2 ATS in their last 27 home games.
- Under is 9-4 in Heat’s last 13 home games.
- Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 head to head contests
- Under is 9-3 in the last 12 head to head meetings.
- Heat are 7-3 in last 10 head to head games
- Over Under is 3-7 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Although it’s conceivable the Heat will get back on track, there is concern over their recent struggles. Couple this with the Hornets feeling they got robbed in the last game vs. Miami along with Charlotte’s recent improvement and it adds up to a close contest with the potential for upset.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets +4.5
Even if Miami pull off the refocused effort for the win, the Hornets will make this a difficult game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Heat 102 – Hornets 101
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