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Slumping Hornets Look to Get Back in the Win Column Against Heat

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Charlotte Hornets v Denver Nuggets Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

What: Charlotte Hornets (29-34) vs. Miami Heat (29-34)

When: 7:00 p.m. EST

Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC

How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

The Hornets have dropped four of their last five games and now find themselves in a battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat, so the importance of tonight’s game cannot be understated.

A problem that plagued the Hornets at the beginning of the season has reared it’s ugly head again - closing out games. In their last four losses, the Hornets have trailed by an average of only 3.25 points heading into the final period.

The Heat are trending in the opposite direction - winning three of their last four, including a victory over the defending world champion Golden State Warriors.

An unexpected bright spot for the Hornets has been the play of Frank Kaminsky, who has averaged 16.5 points off the bench the past two games - a spark that James Borrego says the team will need as they make a playoff push.

With the post-season implications high expect both teams to come out Wednesday night playing inspired ball, but the home-court advantage should bode well in Charlotte’s favor. The Hornets won both meetings earlier this season, back in October. They won 113-112 in Miami and 125-113 at home.