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(13-14) Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets (10-17)
Date: Friday December 15th
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hornets -220
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -5
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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The Miami Heat make a trip to North Carolina, and face the Charlotte Hornets. The Heat are one game under .500 this season, and looking to shake their current funk. Miami is 2-3 over the last five games. Charlotte is playing just as bad. The Hornets have lost four of their last five. Dropping their most recent game to the Rockets, 108-96.
The last time the Heat and Hornets took the court against each other, was December 1st. The Heat beat the Hornets 105-100 in South Beach.
The Miami Heat are 13-14 this season. The team has been up and down early on, and a lot of that has to do with the absence of franchise player, Hasan Whiteside. Whiteside has been sidelined with a lingering knee injury. He was averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds through 15 games before being put on the injured list.
Aside from the Whiteside injury, the Heat are struggling to get wins. Goran Dragic has been the closest player to an all star for the Heat this season. He is averaging 17 points, four assists and four rebounds per game this year. Dragic has started all 27 games for Miami this season.
Dion Waiters has played well for the Heat this year as the teams second scoring option. Waiters is averaging 14.7 points per game this season for Miami. If Miami is able to get Whiteside back from injury, the Heat should be a sixth or seventh seed in the playoffs this spring.
Defensively, the Heat aren’t the same without the rim protection of Hasan Whiteside. Whiteside led the team in blocks with 1.6 per game this year. Now, Josh Richardson has stepped up as the teams best defender. Richardson is leading the Heat in steal with 1.1 per game this year.
The Heat matchup well against the Hornets at home. If Miami can hold Kemba Walker to under 20 points, the Heat will be in the drivers seat.
The Charlotte Hornets are not playing good basketball right now. The Hornets dropped their most recent game 108-96, on the road against the Rockets. The Hornets shot 41 percent from the floor, but really hurt themselves from three. The Hornets shot 19 percent from long distance against the Rockets and had 12 turnovers.
The Hornets lost to the Heat in their fist meeting of the season. Charlotte shot 48 percent from the field, but three point shooting cost the Hornets again. Charlotte was 5 of 20 from three in the loss. Charlotte also has 22 turnovers, basically giving the game away in Miami.
On the defensive side of the ball, Dwight Howard has been playing re-energized, averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game this year. The Hornets rank 20th this season in points allowed, giving up 106.7 points per game this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 16-5 in MIA last 21 overall.
- Under is 19-7 in MIA last 26 Fri. games.
- MIA are 26-10 ATS in their last 36 Fri. games.
- CHA are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Over is 13-5 in CHA last 18 games as a favorite.
- Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
Free Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
The Heat are the better defensive team this year, allowing 102.7 points per game. If Miami can generate offense aside from Waiters and Dragic, Miami will have a chance at a road win.
The Hornets will be happy to be home after a quick two game road trip. Expect energetic play from Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard. Howard will dominate the glass and score 20 or more.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets -5
If the Hornets can limit Gorgan Dragic to under 12 points, Charlotte will get win at home. Take the Hornets to cover.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Hornets 107 – Heat 98
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