Hornets vs Heat Prediction - NBA Picks 12/13/23

Miami Heat (13-10) vs Charlotte Hornets (7-14)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Kaseya Center)

Betting Odds: Miami Heat -8.5 -- Over/Under: 225 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have been in a rut as they've lost five of their last seven games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back here after coming up painfully short to the Heat in a 116-114 loss on Monday. Terry Rozier led the team with 34 points and 13 assists on 10 of 17 shooting, Miles Bridges added 18 points, Gordon Hayward tallied 17 points with seven assists while Brandon Miller chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Hornets shot 47 percent from the field and 17 of 41 from the 3-point line as they worked their way back from a 14-point deficit to trail by just two points in the final seconds, but Rozier missed on the potential game-winner with time expiring.

Charlotte Hornets Player Facts

  • Brandon Miller ranks 2nd amongst qualified rookies for points per game (14.6) this season.
  • Nick Richards is one of only 24 players in the league shooting at least 65% from the field this season.

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Miami Heat

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat are starting to turn things around as they've won three of their past five games and they will be eager to keep it going after sneaking past the Hornets in a close win on Monday. Duncan Robinson led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Jimmy Butler added 23 points with eight assists, Caleb Martin scored 20 points with nine rebounds and five assists while Kevin Love chipped in with 19 points off the bench. As a team, the Heat shot 48 percent from the field and 15 of 35 from the 3-point line as they got off to a quick start and worked their way to a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, only to escape with the narrow win after the Hornets rallied late to go within one shot of stealing the game. Miami is 13-10 in the Eastern Conference and has one win more than the Brooklyn Nets.

Miami Heat Player Facts

  • Duncan Robinson ranks T5th amongst qualified Forwards for three-pointers made Per Game (3.0) this season.
  • Jimmy Butler ranks T8th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (88.5%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Heat rank 2nd in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (9.2).
  • The Heat rank 29th in the league for blocks per game this season (3.3).
  • 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 (31.0).

Hornets vs Heat Prediction

The Heat will again be shorthanded with Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro out, but they still open as the favorite at home, especially after beating the Hornets on Monday. If the game gets close at the end, I'm always going to favor the Heat to get the win. However, with the line seems too hefty in this one, so I'm going to go with the Hornets to hang around and get the cover in the end.

Peter’s Pick Charlotte +7.5

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