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Game Preview: Heat host Hornets in home opener

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The Miami Heat will look to have a 2-0 start to the season as the host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

NBA: Playoffs-Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are hoping to get a 2-0 start to their season as they host the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte is also coming off an opening night win on the road. These two teams played in the preseason and also had a 7 game playoff series in the first round last year that the Heat won.

Charlotte Hornets (1-0) @ Miami Heat (1-0)
8:00 PM EST at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
TV: SunSports // Radio: 790 the Ticket

It will be the battle of the big men as the highlight and key to the game. Hassan Whiteside and Roy Hibbert man the middle for each team and will help each team succeed.

The Hornets go a solid 10-players deep into their rotation. But everything will shift around Kemba Walker. How the Heat defend him will be the key as they hope to keep another opponent under 100 points.

The biggest advantage for the Heat is going to be their speed. They will need to use their quickness and transition basketball to their advantage because the Hornets will dominate with their length.

Probable Starters:
Heat: Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow, Luke Babbitt, Hassan Whiteside
Hornets: Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams, Roy Hibert