The 5-13 New Orleans Hornets will be the road club as they face the 12-5 Miami Heat in an NBA pro basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Miami is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The current NBA odds from this game have the home team Miami Heat favored by -14 points with a total of 195 points. There has been no movement in the betting spread and total since the NBA odds came out a few hours ago.
In their only meeting during the lockout season last year the Heat earn the 109-95 home win against the Hornets as a -11 ½ point favorite. Trend: Miami Heat is 1-5 ATS in their past six games.
It is a bad start to the 2012-13 season for the Hornets. The team enters play with two straight losses and four of their past five games. Last night they drop a 96-89 home defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies as a +8 point underdog. The team is 2-5 straight up on the road this season. Offense has been a struggle this year as the club has scored 89 or less points in five of their past seven games.
The Heat were riding a six game win streak as they traveled to Washington Tuesday and dropped a 105-101 road defeat. On Thursday night the Heat faced the New York Knicks minus Carmelo Anthony and lose 112-92 as a -10 point favorite. During their 1-5 ATS run the Heat defense has not been good as the team allowed an average of 107 points a game in those five non spread covers. We have warned all season to beware of Miami this season during the regular season following a World Title. There has been a major drop off in regular season intensity by recent NBA World Champions the following year.