What: Miami Heat (26-19) vs. Charlotte Hornets (18-25)
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
When: 7:00 p.m. EST
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Charlotte Hornets look to win three straight as they host the Miami Heat in what will be the third matchup between the clubs this season. Miami currently holds the edge winning the first two matches in games that went right down to the very end.
The Hornets have won their last two games rather convincingly. A 118-107 road victory against the Detroit Pistons and a 133-109 offensive explosion against the Washington Wizards in what was head coach Steve Clifford’s return to the bench.
While the 10 game stretch has been kind to Charlotte, if they can continue to grasp some consistency they very well may find themselves knocking on the door of the final playoff spot, in which they are currently 3.5 games back after the Detroit Pistons lost last night. However they can't continue to lose games to the likes of teams like the Dallas Mavericks, who have the fourth worst record in the league.
Miami on the other hand has been surging, and surging hard, going 8-2 in their last 10 games. Somehow they have managed to be sitting pretty at the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference with an impressive 26-19 record, just one game back from the Cleveland Cavaliers and seven back from the leading Boston Celtics.
Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra is doing something special with his cast of players. With no true super star, its a wonder to how they are consistently beating the leagues best teams. One day it’s Goran Dragic leading the team to victory. The next its Hassan Whiteside. At this point, Dion Waiters will miraculously recover from whatever injury he currently has to drop 30 points tonight. There’s just no telling with this team.
The Heat just play all around good team basketball. The matchup between Dwight Howard and Whiteside is going to be one to look forward too. Two massive, rebound-dominant centers fighting for positioning in the paint. In the backcourt, Kemba Walker going against Dragic has proven to be a good matchup.
This Hornets team should be out for blood as they prove they can beat one their division rivals and stake their claim for the playoffs.
We’re in for a good basketball game.