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GAME PREVIEW: Heat host Hornets

The Miami Heat will host the Charlotte Hornets looking to get back on track.

Charlotte Hornets v Miami Heat Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images


The Miami Heat (4-7) are in desperate need to get back on track and it couldn’t come at a better time to have a two-game home-stand against the Charlotte Hornets (3-9) who are struggling even more than the Heat are this season.

Miami lost on Monday to the Blazers on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Josh Hart, a devastating loss considering the Heat had control mid-way through the fourth quarter. They have to get things together.

The Hornets are a struggling team and one without their star player. Miami cannot afford to drop either of these games to the Hornets. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo need to take full control of these games and get the team headed in the right direction.

The Hornets’ P.J. Washington is someone the Heat may have a hard time covering. He has the strength and versatility to cause problems, especially if Miami is without Caleb Martin and their lack of front-court depth.

But, for the most part, the Heat have the advantage in the matchups and have their home-court behind them. They should win, and if they don’t — the panic meter will begin sounding.



  • Victor Oladipo: out
  • Omer Yurtseven: out
  • Jamal Cain: two-way assignment
  • Tyler Herro: questionable
  • Caleb Martin: questionable


  • LaMelo Ball: out
  • Gordon Hayward: out
  • Cody Martin: out


Projected Starters

Clippers Position Heat
Clippers Position Heat
Reggie Jackson PG Kyle Lowry
Paul George SG Tyler Herro
Kawhi Leonard SF Jimmy Butler
Marcus Morris Sr. PF Caleb Martin
Ivica Zubac C Bam Adebayo

ODDS (via FanDuel)

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