When: 7:30 pm EST
Where: American Airlines Arena; Miami, FL
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Hornets have lost four straight games, the last two coming in especially heartbreaking fashion. They’ve hit a rut, and tonight’s visit to Miami isn’t the easiest way to get out of it.
The Heat have jelled faster than most people thought they would. Jimmy Butler has fit right into the culture and doesn’t outwardly hate anyone on the team yet, as far as I’m aware. They have the seventh best net rating in the league, boosted by the league’s fourth best defense. They’re 11-4, with all four losses coming on the road.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, this game is in Miami, where the Heat are yet to lose a game. They’re winning home games by an average score of 118.5 to 100.0 and are shooting a blistering 43.6% from deep in those games. That does not bode well for a Hornets team that has made a habit of leaving shooter wide open on the perimeter.
To make matters worse, the Heat are coming off an embarrassing loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia on Saturday. They trailed by as many as 41 points en route to a 27 point loss. They won’t be looking past this Hornets team as they try to get back in the win column.
Jimmy Butler is the obvious alpha. He’s averaging 18.8 points, 6.7 assists, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.8 steals per game. Rookies Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro have been revelations, averaging 16.8 and 14.1 points per game respectively. Goran Dragic has been moved to a bench role, and he’s flourishing there. The Heat will be without point Justise though, as Justise Winslow remains out with a concussion.