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Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat Betting Preview

The Charlotte Hornets make the trip to South Beach to face the Miami Heat in a matchup between two struggling Southeast division squads on November 10. Both teams look to end losing skids when the ball is tossed-up at 7:30 p.m. (ET) at FTX Arena.

This is the first of four meetings between the Hornets and the Heat this season. They will play again in Miami Saturday night. The Heat have won five straight games and leads the all-time series 71-46.

Miami is listed as a 10.5-point favorite tonight. The over/under is set at 217 points.

Hornets Swoon Continues

The Hornets hit the road for tonight’s game, looking to end a winless drought. Charlotte (3-9) dropped its sixth-straight game on Wednesday night, falling at home to the Portland Trail Blazers 105-95.

The Hornets shot 37.5% from the field and 20% from the 3-point line against the Blazers, marking the fifth time this season that they have made fewer than 40% of their shots.

Charlotte is playing its third back-to-back set of the season. The Hornets are 1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs and 2-4 overall on the road.

The Hornets have really struggled to score the basketball during this funk averaging a league-low 97 points on 40% shooting from the field. They also haven’t shot the ball well from the 3-point line or gotten to the free-throw line often.

Meanwhile, Charlotte has been average defensively during this stretch, with rebounding being their biggest problem. However, the Hornets have defended the 3-point line well.

Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Kelly Oubre Jr., and P.J. Washington have led the team all season. But Mason Plumlee has arguably been their most consistent player lately, averaging a double-double over the last six contests. Dennis Smith Jr. has struggled during this stretch.

Injuries have played a significant toll on the Hornets all season long. Hayward (shoulder), who has missed the team’s last four games, joins Cody Martin (quad) and LaMelo Bell (ankle) on the sidelines once again versus the Heat.

Heat Off To Disappointing Start To 2022-23 Campaign

After finishing with the best record in the Eastern Conference and reaching the conference finals last season, the Heat entered the season with expectations of being one of the top teams in the Southeast division and competing for a trip to the NBA finals.

However, the Heat are feeling the loss of P.J. Tucker, as he was their best 3-point shooter and one of the squad’s top defenders last season.

The Heat are off to a 4-7 start to the season, having lost two straight. Miami is coming off a 110-107 loss to Portland despite leading most of the game, including by nine to start the fourth. The loss dropped their record to 3-4 at home.

Miami’s biggest problem this year has been putting the ball in the hoop. The Heat have scored 110 or points in seven of their 11 games and are 27th in scoring overall at 108 per game.

Miami also does not shoot or rebound the ball on the offensive end well. The Heat are also not elite defensively though they do a great job forcing turnovers and rebounding the ball on that end.

Jimmy Butler leads the way for the Heat as he continues to play at a high level, and he is actually shooting the best he has from beyond the arc in five years, knocking down 3-pointers at a 37% clip. Tyler Herro has also played well in his first season as a full-time starter, while Bam Adebayo is essentially a bigger version of Butler.

Herro (ankle) and Caleb Martin (quad) are among five players listed on the Heat’s injury report. Both players are questionable to play tonight.

Hornets/Heat Betting Prediction

While the point spread seems a tad too high, the Heat -10.5 is the pick here. Charlotte is one of the worst shooting teams in the league, and the Hornets have barely been able to throw the ball in the ocean during their losing streak. They have been outscored by 13 points a game during this skid.

Moreover, the Hornets have lost four straight on the road, with the last three setbacks by at least 18 points. Furthermore, the Heat have dominated the series lately, with four of their past five victories being by double-figures.

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