Charlotte Hornets (20-27) at Miami Heat (27-21)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm (American Airlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -4.5 -- Over/Under: 203 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat meet Saturday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 105.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 21.7 points and 5.9 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 15.6 points and 12.7 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Kaminsky is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won four of their last five road games.
The Miami Heat need a win here after losing four of their last six games. The Miami Heat are averaging 100.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.4 points and 4.8 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.5 points and 11.9 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Wayne Ellington is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won seven of their last 10 home games.
The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Heat are 6-19-2 ATS in their last 27 home games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami, 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
Right when it looked like the Miami Heat were ready to turn the corner and compete for a top seed in the East, they pile up some really bad losses. The Charlotte Hornets have found ways to win games this month they usually wouldn't and are looking like an offensive machine doing it. With that said, the Heat have won five straight against the Hornets and seven of the last nine. The Hornets are also on the end of a back to back, something that usually doesn't bode well against a wel conditioned and defensive minded Miami team. I'll eat the reasonable number here.