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Hornets vs. Heat: Preview, Predictions and Betting Picks

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On Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, the Charlotte Hornets (4-1) are playing the Miami Heat (3-1) at FTX Arena. Up till now, the Hornets are 4-1 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA regular season, whereas the Heat are 3-1 against the spread. BetOnline odds are viewable below.

Game Information

Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: FTX Arena; Miami, Florida

TV channels: Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast, Bally Sports Sun, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, NBA League Pass

Radio broadcast: WAXY/WAQI, WFNZ

Live stream: ESPN Subscription, YouTube TV (14-day free trial)

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Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat news

Referencing Land of Basketball statistics, these two teams have played each other a total of 113 times in the regular season. Miami leads Charlotte with 67 victories. However, in the previous three head-to-head meetings, the Hornets are 3-0 versus the Heat. On May 2, 2021, the last time these two teams played one another in the regular season, Miami won 121-111 on the road. In the past 10 head-to-head contests, the teams are split with a record of 5-5.

Furthermore, the top news story for this game pertains to Miami Heat shooting guard Tyler Herro. Through the first four games of the 2021-22 NBA regular season, the guard has scored 84 points off the bench. This is the most points scored by a reserve through four games in the team’s franchise history. Herro is averaging 21 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.

Injury Report

For the Hornets, shooting guard Terry Rozier is listed as questionable to play in tonight’s game. He is waiting to recover from his ankle injury. Likewise, power forward P.J. Washington was downgraded to doubtful versus Miami.

Next, for the Heat, both point guard Kyle Lowry and center Bam Adebayo are listed as probable to play. To add to the list, shooting guard Victor Oladipo remains out indefinitely. Adebayo and Oladipo are recovering from knee injuries. Of course, Oladipo’s case is more severe; his right knee needs more time.


Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat betting lines

Hornets vs Heat 2021-22 NBA Season Predictions and Free Picks

Over/Under: 223

Point spread: Heat -6.5 (-110)

Best moneyline: Hornets +215, Heat -255

Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat preview

Moreover, in the Hornets’ 120-111 win over the Magic on Wednesday, forward Miles Bridges scored a team-high 31 points in 35 minutes played. Forward Gordon Hayward accumulated 24 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 37 minutes of action as well. Not to mention, Charlotte held Orlando to 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Upon further review of the box-score team statistics, the Hornets shot 43-for-83 (51.8%) from the field and 14-for-30 (46.7%) from behind the arc. The Hornets also out-rebounded the Magic 40 to 33. Now, Charlotte is 3-0 ATS away and 2-1 O/U away.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, in the Heat’s 106-93 win over the Nets on the road, center Bam Adebayo led Miami in scoring, finishing his performance with 24 points in 30 minutes spent on the court. Plus, forward Jimmy Butler contributed 17 points, 14 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 37 minutes played. They held Brooklyn to 19 fourth-quarter points.

Offensively, the Nets are not the same team without Kyrie Irving. Though, they still have Kevin Durant and James Harden. The Heat scored 57 points in the second half, and both Durant and Harden were non-factors in this matchup. Miami shot 38-for-96 (39.6%) from the floor and 8-for-29 (27.6%) from three-point range. At the moment, they are 2-0 ATS at home and 1-1 O/U home.

Next, the Hornets’ projected starting lineup is PG LaMelo Ball, SG Kelly Oubre Jr., SF Miles Bridges, PF Gordon Hayward and C Mason Plumlee. The Heat’s projected starting lineup is PG Kyle Lowry, SG Duncan Robinson, SF Jimmy Butler, PF P.J. Tucker and C Bam Adebayo.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat prediction

Additionally, the total for Friday night’s Eastern Conference matchup is set at 223. According to the spread consensus, 52% of bettors are anticipating the Heat will cover the spread. Pertaining to the total consensus, an incredible 93% of gamblers are predicting the total will go under 223. Thus far, the Hornets are 2-0 as selected favorites and 2-1 as underdogs, while the Heat are 2-1 as favorites and 1-1 as underdogs.

For notable betting trends, the Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games. The total has gone over in five of the team’s past six contests. To add to these betting statistics, the total has gone over in four of Charlotte’s previous five road games at FTX Arena. And, the Hornets are 10-4 straight up in their last 14 games played versus Southeast Division opponents.

As for the Heat, they are 2-5 ATS in their past seven contests against Southeast Division opponents. And, the total has gone over in five of Miami’s previous five games played versus Charlotte. Also, the total has gone under in four of the Heat’s last six games. Lastly, the Heat are 4-1 SU in their past five games played on a Friday. Therefore, think about picking the Heat to win and for them to cover the spread.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat betting lines

Pick the Heat to win at home, the Hornets will cover the spread and the total will go over 223. Miami is a 6.5-point favorite with BetOnline.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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