Charlotte Hornets will take on Miami Heat in the NBA action on Thursday evening. The hosts search for a getaway from the poor form to stay in the playoffs race. The away side wants to establish itself on the pole position and eyes another victory on the road.
Charlotte has had severe troubles lately, and it reflected on their results. Although the home side is still in the playoffs zone, they need to get back on the winning track to enter the post-season. On the other hand, Miami is on the right way to the top spot in its division. The visitors have played well lately, and they look forward to continuing with good displays.
Charlotte Hornets – Can they end their poor streak?
The Hornets have been in an abysmal run recently, losing eight times on the previous nine occasions. They booked only three wins in the last 15 matches and slipped to 2nd place in the Southeast Division. Charlotte will have a tough task to return to the race for the top spot, as they are eight wins behind their upcoming rivals. They’ve lost twice in a row, and the latest defeat came against the Timberwolves on the road. Although they had a better field goal percentage (41.2% vs. 39.5%), the Hornets failed to get back home with a valuable win. Miles Bridges was their best player in that game with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists for 44 minutes spent on the court.
LaMelo Ball has contributed the most to Charlotte’s offense with 20.2 points, 7.4 assists, seven rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game on average. Miles Bridges is close to a 20-point mark (19.9 on average), with 7.1 rebs and 3.6 assists, while Terry Rozier produces 19 pts and 4.3 assists per contest. Mason Plumlee commands the paint with 8.1 rebounds while contributing with 6.8 pts per match. On the other hand, Cody Martin and Jalen McDaniels will be out of the contest for this matchup.
Expected Line-Up: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Miles Bridges, P.J. Washington, Mason Plumlee
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Miami Heat – Will they bounce back with a win?
The Heat comfortably sit on the top spot in the Southeast Division with a 37-21 record, but they shouldn’t get complacent. Miami enjoyed an excellent five-game winning streak before losing to the Dallas Mavericks 99-107 at home on Tuesday evening. Nevertheless, the Heat has been pretty confident on the road lately, celebrating four victories in a row at away courts. Although Jimmy Butler had a very good role in Miami’s latest game with 29 points, ten rebounds, and three assists, the Heat couldn’t avoid a defeat.
Jimmy Butler has been the most productive player for Miami with 21.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.8 steals per contest. His Player Efficiency rating is at 25.81 figure. Tyler Herro produces 20 pts per game, followed by 4.8 rebs and 3.9 assists. Bam Adebayo controls the paint with 10.2 rebounds while scoring 18.7 points per match. Kyle Lowry is Miami’s best assistant with eight per game, while he averages 13 pts as well. However, the Heat faces certain selection troubles as Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin, Markieff Morris, and Dewayne Dedmon are out of the contest, while Jimmy Butler is listed as questionable.
Expected Line-Up: Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, Max Strus, P.J. Tucker, Bam Adebayo
Expert Pick #1 – Miami Heat -4.5 @-110
Despite their selection troubles, the Heat should be able to see off their opponents on Thursday evening. Charlotte is in very bad momentum, and Mimi should capitalize on that. I expect the visitors to cover the number, and it’s going to be my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 225.5 @-110
Miami has been involved in high-scoring matches when playing on the road, and nine of their last 13 outings went over the margin. Although Charlotte’s five of the previous six home games were not so efficient, I’ll go with the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Miami Heat Over 114.5 @-110
The Hornets have had troubles in defense lately, as they allowed more than 114 points five times in a row. Miami could punish their poor defending severely, and I’ll back them to produce at least 115 points as my third pick at the same odds as the first two.