Charlotte Hornets Travel to Miami to Face the Heat
The Charlotte Hornets might be ninth in the Eastern Conference, but they don’t play like it. They recently took down the Knicks 125-114 in an offensive explosion. Led by LaMelo Ball, the Hornets will look to test their offense against the Miami Heat.
As they prepare to face one of the best defenses in the NBA, they’ll hope to come away with a win. The question is, can they?
The Miami Heat are one of the best at neutralizing good offenses. This is something they’ve done over the course of the year, most recently against the Boston Celtics. They were able to hold Boston to under 100 points.
The Celtics are among the best offenses in the NBA, and the Heat shut them down. Miami will look to do the exact same thing against Charlotte on Tuesday.
Ball versus Lowry is the matchup of the night: Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat Game Preview
LaMelo Ball, the leader in assists per game for the Hornets, is matched up against a strong defender. Following his, every move on Tuesday night will be Kyle Lowry, the point guard for the Miami Heat.
The Hornets are a team that averages 114.71 points per game, ranking fifth in the NBA. Their offense could take quite a hit if Lowry can limit Ball’s effectiveness on Tuesday night.
The Miami Heat don’t have a flashy, high-scoring offense, but it’s an efficient one. On average, the Heat score 109.30 points per game, ranking 17th in the NBA. Games for the Heat aren’t won by their offense but by their defense.
Ranking fourth in the NBA, the Heat only allow an average of 105.16 points per game. So, which of these two teams is the best pick to cover?
Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat Betting Prediction
In February of 2022 is when these teams last played each other; the Hornets were at home. Miami came into the game as four-point favorites, and the ending was interesting at the sportsbooks. Miami won the game, 111-107, which was a push at the sportsbook.
Although they won the game, they technically failed to cover the spread. This makes this game a tough pick.
Still, the Heat are at home in this game, where they’ve gone 27-12 this season. Against the spread this season, Miami is 42-34-1, so we’ll take Miami. In their last three games against the Hornets, they’ve gone 3-0 with a 2-0-1 ATS record.
The Hornets’ offense is great, but the defense of the Miami Heat is better. Look for Miami to win the game and cover the spread.
When betting on the total, we’d recommend taking the under in this game. Miami’s defense has turned it up over the last few weeks. It’s also important to note that the Hornets are 37-39-1 against the total.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.