A Southeast Division battle is on tap between the Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday at FTX Arena. Miami is 51-28 overall and 27-12 at home, while Charlotte is 40-38 overall and 20-19 on the road. The Heat are aiming for a season sweep in the series between these two teams.
Miami is favored by 5.5 points in the latest Heat vs. Hornets odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 226.5. Before entering any Hornets vs. Heat picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Heat vs. Hornets spread: Heat -5.5
- Heat vs. Hornets over-under: 226.5 points
Featured Game | Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets
What you need to know about the Heat
Miami enters Tuesday’s slate as the top team in the Eastern Conference, sitting two games up on second-place Boston. The Heat are riding a four-game winning streak following a 114-109 win at Toronto on Sunday night. They are currently without head coach Erik Spoelstra due to the NBA’s health and safety protocol, so assistant coach Chris Quinn has taken over those duties.
They were also missing starters Jimmy Butler (toe) and P.J. Tucker (knee), but Max Strus stepped up with seven 3-pointers. Butler is expected to play on Tuesday, while Tucker and veteran point guard Kyle Lowry (rest) are questionable. The Heat have covered the spread in four of their last five games.
What you need to know about the Hornets
Charlotte has already clinched a spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament, but there is still some wiggle room in the standings. The Hornets are currently in ninth place, sitting ahead of 10th-place Brooklyn by virtue of the tiebreaker. They are also just one game behind Atlanta for eighth place in the standings.
Gordon Hayward has missed 29 games due to injuries this season, but he was back on the court for Saturday’s 144-114 loss to Philadelphia. Miles Bridges is the team’s leading scorer (20.3), while LaMelo Ball is scoring 19.9 points and dishing out 7.5 assists per game. The Hornets have covered the spread in five of their last six road games.
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