Heat vs Hornets Prediction - NBA Picks 12/11/23

Charlotte Hornets (7-13) vs Miami Heat (12-10)

Game Info: Monday, December 11, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

Betting Odds: Charlotte Hornets +4.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets duke it out at the Spectrum Center on Monday night. Here’s a Heat vs Hornets Prediction.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have been in a slump as they've lost five of their last seven games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting routed by the Pacers in a 111-99 loss on Friday. Kyle Lowry led the team with 17 points and five assists, Josh Richardson added 17 points off the bench, Jimmy Butler scored 16 points while Caleb Martin chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Heat shot just 43 percent from the field and 15 of 42 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to an early 16-point lead, only to leak 71 points in the second and third quarters combined to get blown out in one of their worst losses of the season. Duncan Robinson had a night to forget as he finished with just one point on zero of seven shooting.

Miami Heat Player Facts

  • Jimmy Butler ranks 7th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (88.4%) this season.
  • Kyle Lowry ranks 21st amongst qualified players for 3P% (42.7%) this season.

Charlotte Hornets

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in decent shape as they've split their last eight games and they will be eager to build some momentum after outlasting the Raptors in a 119-116 home win on Friday. Gordon Hayward led the team with 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting, Miles Bridges added 22 points, Terry Rozier added 21 points with 13 assists while Brandon Miller chipped in with 20 points. As a team, the Hornets shot a healthy 55 percent from the field and 13 of 25 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in trouble when they squandered a 20-point lead, before they went on a pivotal 10-4 run late in the fourth quarter to escape with the gritty win.

Charlotte Hornets Player Facts

  • Brandon Miller ranks 2nd amongst qualified rookies for points per game (14.6) this season.
  • Miles Bridges ranks 26th amongst qualified players for 3P% (42.0%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Hornets have missed the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons - longest active streak in the NBA
  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for Q4 opponent points per game this season (31.3).
  • The Heat rank 29th in the league for blocks per game this season (3.3).
  • The Heat rank 28th in the league for rebounds per game this season (40.7).

Heat vs Hornets Prediction

The Heat are still shorthanded with Bam Adebayo, Haywood Highsmith and Tyler Herro all still out, while the Hornets are still missing LaMelo Ball. The injuries look to have finally caught up with the Heat who have been struggling lately, but they still open as road favorites in this one despite the Hornets' recent uptick in form. These two teams met back on Nov 14 and it was the Heat who won by 111-105, but we could be in for an upset in this one given how poor the Heat have been on the defensive end lately. I'm expecting another close one, but this time I think the Hornets take advantage of the shorthanded Heat at home.

Peter’s Pick Charlotte +4.5

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