NBA 2022-23: Heat vs Hornets Prediction
Heat vs Hornets Prediction: The Miami Heat are expected to win the upcoming game against the Charlotte Hornets as per the latest prediction.
The Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets are set to lock horns for the second time in two days. The game will be played at the FTX Arena on Saturday night. The Heat gave a 5-point defeat to the Hornets in the last game. They would like to repeat the same performance in the upcoming game. Overall, it has been a below-par campaign for the Heat this season. They need to target to good winning streak to improve their position in the Eastern Conference.
The Charlotte Hornets will aim to turn the tables when they meet the Heat again on Saturday. However, it is not going to be easy at all. The Hornets are currently looking clueless after 7 back-to-back defeats.
The Miami Heat won the last game against the Charlotte Hornets in OT.
It was a close game when the two sides met last Thursday. The Hornets got the lead for only 14 seconds in the first quarter. After that, the Heat maintained the lead for about 3.5 quarters before a 12-0 surge by Charlotte in the midway of the fourth quarter. Plumlee’s 3-pointer gave a 1-point lead to the Hornets for the second time in the game. The Hornets failed to retain the lead and the game went to overtime.
The Hornet’s offense failed to deliver in the overtime and the Heat would not have missed any chance to secure a win. In the end, Miami had the last laugh. They won the game with a score of 117-112.
Jimmy Butler was the top performer once again for Miami in the last game. He finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Bam Adebayo also played well and secured 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists.
For the Hornets, Kelly Oubre Jr. scored the most points (29). He got 7 rebounds as well. Terry Rozier gave a valuable contribution of 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Heat vs Hornets Prediction: Recent Form
The Miami Heat have failed to perform as per their reputation till now. They are currently at 5-7 in the 11th position of the Eastern Conference. The Heat won 3 of the last 5 fixtures. They are 4-4 in home games so far. In the away matchups, Miami won just 1 of the 4 games.
The Charlotte Hornets have a lot to work on to revive their campaign. They are currently in a very difficult situation at 3-10 in the last position of the Eastern Conference. The Hornets got just 3 wins from 13 games. They are on a losing streak of 7 games. Charlotte won just 1 of the 6 home games till now. On road trips, their current record is at 2-5.
Heat vs Hornets Prediction: Winning Odds
The Miami Heat have made a habit of playing close games which means they failed to dominate the opposition sides, unlike the last season. The injury of Tyler Herro is turning out to be a big disadvantage. In his absence, Jimmy Butler has looked like a lone warrior in many games. However, the way Miami performed in the last game against the Hornets is definitely making them the favorites for the next game too.
The Charlotte Hornets need to go with a different set of plans to end their losing streak in the upcoming fixture. They did well in the late fourth quarter but failed to hold their nerves under pressure. The defense has been very inconsistent this season. The absence of Gordon Hayward and Lamelo Ball is adding to their woes. It will be a mammoth task for the Hornets to secure a win on Saturday.
As per FiveThirtyEight, the Heat have a higher probability of winning this contest.
- Miami Heat: -10(-119)
- Charlotte Hornets: +10(-119)
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Heat vs Hornets Prediction: Team Stats
- The Miami Heat have scored points at a low average of 108.8 per game this season. The other offense stats also don’t look too good. They maintained an average of 24.4 assists with a 3-pointer success rate of 33.8%.
- In the defense, the Heat played with an average of 40.0 rebounds per game. The average number of steals per game is currently at 8.3. The average number of blocks per game is quite low at 2.8.
- The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 108.2 points per game. They got an average of 25.8 assists per game. The goal conversion rate for the 3-pointers stands at 33.3%.
- The Hornets have rebounded at an average of 45.9 per game. The averages of steals and blocks per game are currently 7.4 and 5.7 respectively.
Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Head-to-Head Stats
Both these teams have played 118 regular season games against each other. The Miami Heat have dominated with 72 wins, while the Charlotte Hornets could win 46 matchups.
In recent games, the Heat have given no chance to the Hornets. Miami is currently on a winning streak of 6 games against Charlotte. The previous meeting took place last Thursday. The Miami Heat won that game with a score of 117-112.
Heat vs Hornets Prediction: Players to Watch Out
Jimmy Butler (Small Forward)
Points Per Game: 20.9 | Rebounds Per Game: 6.1 | Assists Per Game: 5.7
Bam Adebayo (Center)
Points Per Game: 17.7 | Rebounds Per Game: 8.1 | Assists Per Game: 3.5
Max Strus (Shooting Guard)
Points Per Game: 14.4 | Rebounds Per Game: 4.2 | Assists Per Game: 2.0
Terry Rozier (Shooting Guard)
Points Per Game: 21.8 | Rebounds Per Game: 6.2 | Assists Per Game: 5.5
Kelly Oubre Jr. (Shooting Guard)
Points Per Game: 18.4 | Rebounds Per Game: 4.5 | Steals Per Game: 1.3
P.J. Washington (Power Forward)
Points Per Game: 15.4 | Rebounds Per Game: 4.7 | Blocks Per Game: 1.2
Heat vs Hornets Injuries
- Tyler Herro (Point Guard)
- Victor Oladipo (Shooting Guard)
- Omer Yurtseven (Center)
- Dennis Smith Jr. (Point Guard)
- Gordon Hayward (Small Forward)
- Cody Martin (Small Forward)
- LaMelo Ball (Point Guard)
Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Predicted Winner
The Maimi Heat have not looked at their best this season. However, they won’t like to miss the chance of securing another home win against the out-of-form Hornets. Two back-to-back wins can give Spoelstra’s men a major boost for the games ahead. On the other hand, the Charlotte Hornets will try to upset Miami’s plans this time. They were close to a victory in the last game too. A more comprehensive effort would be required in the next game. All the predictions and betting platforms are favoring the Heat for this fixture.