The Charlotte Hornets are coming off failing to cover a +5 spread in a 143-138 road double-overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Hornets are 2-1-1 ATS on the road in their previous four games.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat are heading into the contest after covering a -5,5 spread in the 100-89 win over the Washington Wizards. The Heat are 3-3 ATS in their last six games at home.
Hornets looking to bounce back on the roadIt has been a rough season for the Hornets as they have struggled to gather any sort of strong headway in the Western Conference through this point. They have moved to a youth movement leading the charge on the court, but that has resulted in them experiencing plenty of growing pains along the way. Charlotte has some promising pieces leading the charge, but that hasn't seen them push forward in any significant manner towards contending for the playoffs. The Hornets have been led by the play of their backcourt that has been among the more productive in the Eastern Conference this year.
Terry Rozier and Devonte' Graham combined to score 67 points, the most by a Hornets starting backcourt this season. It's the 4th-most by a Hornets starting backcourt in the last 20 seasons. pic.twitter.com/6W38sjSdnN— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 10, 2020
Point guard Devonte' Graham has been a major asset with his production as he's putting forth a career-best year as he has taken up the starting duties in place of the departed All-Star Kemba Walker. Graham has been one of the better young guards in the league as he's averaging 18.0 points and 7.5 assists, which is eighth-best in the league while shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, guard Terry Rozier has been productive in his first campaign with the team as he's averaged 18.0 points per contest. Rozier is coming off a 40-point performance along with notching at least 20 points in three out of his previous four contests. If the Hornets hope to top the Heat on the road, they will need their backcourt to head the charge.
Heat looking for home cookingHeading into the 2019-20 campaign, the Heat had plenty of high aspirations towards competing in the Eastern Conference. That was ramped up a notch after a busy offseason that saw them add All-Star forward Jimmy Butler to the mix to head their charge. Butler has been everything and more for the franchise as he has stepped in as their leading factor on both ends of the court. He has set the tone with his play while he has helped build a culture of success with the franchise that the team has been able to feed off with their strong mixture of veteran and young talent that has given them a bring future ahead well beyond this season.
Shorthanded and facing a 4th quarter deficit, @Bam1of1 stepped up strong last night in DC.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 9, 2020
Bam finished the win with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists.
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Miami has been fueled by balanced play on both ends of the floor that has featured a collective play beyond Butler's strong production. The Heat have been a different team on their home floor as they one of the best marks in the league in that regard. It's their calling card that has guided them forward to a tremendous amount of success. Miami has won 27 out of their first 31 games on their home floor this season, and that should continue to be the case against a struggling Hornets team. Miami has scored at least 70 first-half points six times this season, which is the most for any season in franchise history. They currently hold a +10.0 scoring margin at home this season, which is the third-largest in the NBA.They should be able to cruise past Charlotte, who is still working to find their identity on the floor this year.
- Charlotte is 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games against Miami.