Miami favored by 14 against New Orleans on Saturday
New Orleans Hornets vs Miami Heat Odds
The Heat hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Saturday as the Hornets pay a visit to AmericanAirlines Arena in NBA betting action.
The Heat bring a 12-5 record (7-10 ATS) to the battle against the 5-13 Hornets, who are 10-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 10-7 so far and the Hornets go 9-9. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Hornets were listed as 14-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 191.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 7-rated Heat and the No. 25-rated Hornets in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 102-93 win for the Heat on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Miami's No. 29-rated squad against New Orleans's No. 26-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Miami rates No. 5 in the league with 8.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 12 with 7.2 per outing.
Defensively, the Hornets feature the league's No. 26-rated defense on the road, giving up 103.6 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.
New Orleans was a 96-89 loser in its last match at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 185 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. New Orleans got 15 points from Ryan Anderson but lost anyway 96-89 against the Grizzlies on Friday at New Orleans Arena.
The Heat were a 112-92 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Knicks. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (204) made winners of OVER bettors. Miami was crushed on Thursday, getting run out of the gym by New York and falling 112-92 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 8-2
After playing New York are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4
A few Hornets at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games
New Orleans is 10-1-2 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of New Orleans's last 17 games when playing on the road against Miami
Miami is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
Miami is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Miami's last 11 games at home
New Orleans home to Washington, Tuesday, December 11
Miami home to Atlanta, Monday, December 10