The Miami Heat (-320) are favored by 8 points over the visiting Charlotte Hornets (+253) in this Eastern Southeast division matchup. The Heat (22-16) are currently 7th in the Eastern Conference, while the Hornets (8-28) are 13th.
Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 ET at Miami’s Kaseya Center. The over/under line is set at 222 points.
CHARLOTTE HORNETS VS MIAMI HEAT BETTING PICK
The Pick: Miami Heat -8
This game will be played at Kaseya Center at 6:00 ET on Sunday, January 14th.
WHY BET THE MIAMI HEAT:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-102 in favor of the Heat.
- Our projections have Jimmy Butler finishing with Jimmy Butler points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Heat finishing with a field goal percentage of 46.4% and knocking down 16 threes.
Can the Hornets Pull the Upset on the Road?
Charlotte’s O/U record for the season is now 18-18 after their last two games have gone under the line of 222. On average, their games have finished with 229.4 points per game.
As for their ATS record, the Hornets are 13-21 for the season and have failed to cover the spread in their last two games. On the road, they are 7-12 vs. the spread.
In the Eastern Conference, Charlotte is currently in 13th place with a record of 8-28. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 7-17 and 3-5 against teams in their division. In non-conference games, they are 1-11.
Charlotte is looking to snap a four-game losing streak after losing to the Spurs by a score of 135-99. They were 2-point underdogs in that game and are 7-26 as the underdog this season.
Overall, the Hornets are 13-point underdogs vs. the Heat and have a 13-18 ATS record as the underdog. On the road, they are 4-15 for the season, and their ATS record on the road is 7-12.
The Hornets are 28th in the league in scoring at 108.9 points per game. When playing on the road, they are averaging 109.2 points per game.
So far this season, the Hornets have scored less than the NBA average in 61.1% of their games. They are 27th in field goal percentage at 45%.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Hornets are 21st in the league at 35%. They are also last in the NBA in free throw attempts and makes.
The Hornets’ defense is presently ranked 25th in the league, allowing an average of 120.5 points per contest. In their previous game, the Hornets’ defense struggled against the Spurs, giving up 135 points on a field goal percentage of 36%.
Can the Heat Grab a Win at Home?
Miami is currently 7th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-16. In the Southeast Division, they are in 1st place.
As the favorite, the Heat have won two straight games and are 16-5 overall this season. They have been favored in 21 of their 38 games and have an ATS record of 10-10 as the favorite.
At home, Miami is 11-7 straight up and 7-11 against the spread. Their average scoring margin at home is +0.3 points per game.
For the season, the Heat are 18-19 ATS and have covered the spread in two straight games. Today, they are favored by 8 points with an O/U line of 222.
In their last game, the Heat defeated the Magic by a score of 99-96. They were favored by 2 points in that game and the O/U line was 219.5.
At home, the Heat are averaging 116.1 points per game, which is 16th in the NBA. Overall, they are 25th in scoring at 112.5 points per game. They have outscored the NBA average in 42.1% of their games this season.
Miami is 19th in field goal percentage at 46% and 12th in true shooting percentage. They have made 12.8 three-pointers per game, which is 16th in the league. From beyond the arc, they are shooting 38%, which is 3rd in the NBA.
In terms of pace, the Heat are 28th in the league at 96.8 possessions per game. When it comes to assists, they are 16th in the league with 26.1 per game. Miami is also 6th in free throws made at 19.9 per game.
So far this season, the Heat defense has been performing well, ranking 6th in the NBA at 111.6 points allowed per contest. Miami’s defense is currently forcing 12.5 turnovers per game, which is 9th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 30th in blocked shots, with an average of 3.2 rejections per game.