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GAME PREVIEW: Heat host surging Hornets

Miami and Charlotte have a combined 7-2 record.

NBA: Orlando Magic at Miami Heat Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (3-1) host the rising Charlotte Hornets (4-1) at the FTX Arena tonight at 7:30pm.

Charlotte’s surprising early season record is all the more impressive considering that they are 3-0 on the road. They bounced back after a tough 140-129 loss at home on Monday to the Boston Celtics (just like the Heat, Charlotte’s lone defeat this season was in overtime) with a 120-111 road win against the Orlando Magic. Miles Bridges scored 31 points and Gordon Hayward added 24 in Wednesday’s victory. Bridges leads the team in scoring averaging 26.2 points.

The Hornets lead the NBA with 121.2 points and 45.2 FGM per game and are third overall in assists with 27.0 per game — which represents an intriguing challenge for the Heat, who have the league’s best defense so far in this young season. Miami will seek to control the boards again as the NBA’s top ranked rebounding team, which was one of the main factors in their impressive 106-93 road win against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

Even if it’s an early season game, defeating the division rival Hornets — who currently are tied for first in the Southeast Division with the Washington Wizards, sharing an identical 4-1 record — could prove crucial in tiebreaking scenarios and playoff positioning down the line.

Tonight’s game will also be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

HEAT VS HORNETS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29 AT 7:30 P.M.

INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Victor Oladipo - out (knee; surgery rehab)

CHARLOTTE:

  • Terry Rozier - out (ankle)
  • P.J. Washington - doubtful (knee)

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Bucks Position Heat
Bucks Position Heat
Jrue Holiday PG Kyle Lowry
Grayson Allen SG Duncan Robinson
Khris Middleton SF Tyler Herro
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF PJ Tucker
Bobby Portis C Dewayne Dedmon

BROADCAST INFO

TV: BALLY SPORTS SUN, ESPN, NBA League Pass
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter), Sirius XM Channel 895 (radio simulcast)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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