Heat vs. Hornets Prediction
The Heat will look to take advantage of a struggling Hornets team on Thursday night when the two teams meet in Charlotte at 7:00 p.m. ET. Miami has had plenty of ATS success against Charlotte in previous meetings but are the Heat a trustworthy play as road chalk?
559 Miami Heat (-4.5) at 560 Charlotte Hornets (+4.5); o/u 226
7:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, February 17, 2022
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Miami Heat DFS Notes
Jimmy Butler (right shoulder strain) is being deemed questionable for Thursday’s matchup with the Hornets. Butler posted a 29-point, 10-rebound double-double in last night’s loss to the Mavs, but we can’t say we’re surprised whenever we see him land on the injury report. Tyler Herro (right knee) has already been ruled out, so it’ll be an approach by a committee inclusive of Gabe Vincent, Max Strus and Caleb Martin (Achilles, questionable) that will attempt to fill the void left by Jimmy Buckets if he can’t play.
Charlotte Hornets DFS Notes
LaMelo Ball hit 8-of-22 shots and three 3-pointers for 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block in 41 minutes of Tuesday's tough 126-120 overtime loss to the Wolves. He also had just two turnovers but his poor shooting is beginning to take a toll on his fantasy managers. He's shot it well in four of his eight February games but he runs either hot or cold, meaning the off nights are pretty off. He's hit just 16-of-43 shots over his last two and will look to get it going again against the Heat on Thursday. But despite the inconsistent shooting, he's still one of the most exciting players to roster in fantasy and he's probably going to lead teams to championships this spring.
Heat vs. Hornets NBA Betting Prediction
The Heat are 11-5-1 against the spread in their last 17 games versus the Hornets and have covered in six of their last eight games in Charlotte. Miami is also 4-0 against the number in its last four road games, is 8-2 against the spread in its last 10 games coming off a loss and is a perfect 5-0 at the betting window in its last five games as a road favorite. On the other side, the Hornets are 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall, are 0-4-1 against the number in their last five games as an underdog and are 0-4 ATS in their last four games as a home dog.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: MIAMI HEAT -4.5