New Orleans Hornets vs. Miami Heat Picks
Date/Time: December 8th, 8:00 pm EST
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Heat -14.5
NBA – December 8th
The Miami Heat are going to be back in NBA betting action on Saturday night, and they are going to need to get back on their horse in a hurry against the New Orleans Hornets.
The Hornets had a chance to make a bit of a statement during a five-game home stand, but unfortunately for them, they’re going to close that stretch out with a losing record. It has really hurt the team that G Eric Gordon and F Anthony Davis have been out of the fold for the whole month of December, and Gordon has been out for the whole year. There really is no definitive timetable for Gordon’s return, but Davis should theoretically be back in the lineup before Christmas. As a result, scoring is tough to come by for the boys from the Bayou. F Ryan Anderson, arguably the team’s biggest free agent acquisition last year, has averaged 18.3 points and 8.0 boards per game, and he is stretching out the court by knocking down shots from long range to the tune of 43.5 percent. G Greivis Vasquez has averaged 13.2 points and 8.7 assists per game as well, but aside from that, there really isn’t anyone out there that is all that notable until Davis some backs. G Austin Rivers has to produce more with his 27 minutes per game, because 6.1 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game won’t cut it for the rookie.
Meanwhile, the Heat have been sliding over the course of the last two games, as they have shockingly lost two straight as double digit favorites. The 105-101 loss to the Washington Wizards was one thing, but to turn around and get beaten down by the New York Knicks by 20 as 10-point favorites at home after getting romped in the Garden by this team by 20 earlier in the season was inexcusable. Don’t blame F LeBron James for the two defeats, though. He had a triple-double against the Wizards and came up an assist short of doing it for a second straight game against the Knicks. However, a heck of a lot more is needed out of G Dwyane Wade and C Chris Bosh. These two combined for just 25 points on 6-of-25 shooting in the loss to the Knicks. G Ray Allen missed all three of his shots from the outside, and the bench produced a total of just 19 points as a result. Granted, we’re nitpicking a team that really is still one of the best in the NBA for sure, but these last two games have been putrid by their own standards.
This is a heck of a lot of points to be giving the Hornets, a team that really plays well defensively. Expect to see Miami get back on track with a ‘W’, but to have that ‘W’ come by more than two touchdowns is a tremendous accomplishment that just isn’t going to happen. Miami 99 – New Orleans 90
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