Miami Heat -6.5 Favorites At Home Against Charlotte Hornets

  • The Miami Heat have -260 odds to beat the Charlotte Hornets at home.
  • Heat’s Jimmy Butler and Hornets’ LaMelo Ball have -120 odds to combine for 40+ points.
  • Jimmy Butler is favored to score the first basket of the game.

MIAMI – The Miami Heat are 6.5-point home favorites against the Charlotte Hornets for Friday night’s matchup.

The Heat are 3-1 on the season and have covered the spread in all of their wins. The Hornets are 4-0 in their last 4 road games against the spread.

The game total is set at 222 at sports betting sites which is the highest of the night as the Hornets are consistent with hitting the Over.

Defense Is Favored

The Charlotte Hornets lead the league in points per game this season averaging 121.2. The Miami Heat have the best defensive rating this season at 92.

Charlotte Hornets Vs. Miami Heat Odds

  • Heat Moneyline: -260
  • Hornets Moneyline: +215
  • Spread: Heat -6.5
  • Totals: 222.0

The Hornets are the best 3-point shooting team on the season, shooting 41.3% from behind the arc. The Heat are good at defending the 3, with their opponents’ 3-point percentage being 28.6% on the season.

The Heat’s Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, and Kyler Lowry are big reasons for this. Bam’s defensive rating is 89.1 this season, Butler has an 86.2 defensive rating, and Lowry has a 94.8 defensive rating.

Despite the strong early performances of the Hornets LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges, who are shooting 45.9% and 39.5% from beyond the arc respectively, they will not have an easy night against Miami’s defenders.

The total points are hard to predict in this matchup as this is a clash of defense and offense. The Hornets are at 4-1 with hitting the Over and the Heat are on a 3-game steak of hitting the Under.

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Player And Game Props

If Jimmy Butler and LaMelo Ball combine for 40+ points, the payout is -120. Ball’s total points for the game are 16.5 with the Over favored at -122 while Butler’s total points are set at 22.5 with the Over favored at -115.

With NBA sportsbooks projecting both players to hit the Over, it makes sense that the combined 40+ points have -120 odds.

Ball is averaging 19.6 PPG this season and has scored more than 16.5 points in 4 of the 5 games they played so far. Ball is coming off of a 7-point outing against the Orlando Magic, however. Butler is averaging 23.3 PPG this season but has only scored over 22.5 in 2 of the 4 games played so far.

For more profit on the line for the favored Miami Heat, NBA gamblers should look at 3-Way moneylines.

3-Way Moneyline – Regulation Time

  • Charlotte Hornets – REG +195
  • Draw – REG +950
  • Miami Heat – REG -200

So long as the game ends in regulation, players will cash in better on Miami. No Heat game has gone to overtime, but the Hornets have gone to OT once this season.

This matchup tips off on Friday at 7:30 PM ET and can be watched on ESPN.