Money Line: 120.00 Miami (Away)
The Heat suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday night at home against Houston. They are right back on the court tonight, taking on the struggling Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets were supposed to be more competitive this year, but so far they haven't shown any real signs of improvement.
Charlotte lost last night in New Orleans, and their scoring woes continued. So far they are averaging 90 points per game, ranking 29th overall in the NBA. Kemba Walker scored 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting against the Pelicans, and he was just 1-for-11 from the field in his last home game (loss to Memphis).
The departure of LeBron has put a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Chris Bosh, but he's living up to expectations so far, averaging over 25 points and 11 rebounds per game. In four games against Charlotte last year, he averaged over 17 points on 57.4 % shooting.
Both teams are playing their second game in as many nights, and both will have to travel to get to Charlotte. This is a big game for teams, but I think this is a matter of contender versus pretender.. and I'll take the visitors.