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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 12/8/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore
NEW ORLEANS
 
MIAMI
+14.5  

-14.5  


194
 
90
Final
106

NEW ORLEANS (5 - 13) at MIAMI (12 - 5)
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Saturday, 12/8/2012 7:35 PM
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507NEW ORLEANS194.5194.5
508MIAMI-14.5-13.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-13+110-89-992.846.444.4%48.098.649.145.8%49.7
Road Games2-5+55-25-2100.348.745.4%49.9103.650.445.1%49.9
Last 5 Games1-4-2.42-31-488.244.644.2%46.295.248.646.8%48.2
NEW ORLEANS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)92.846.435-7944.4%7-1839.3%16-2078.4%481122206145
vs opponents surrendering97.148.437-8344.1%7-1935.8%17-2375.7%511221218155
Team Stats (Road Games)100.348.736-8045.4%9-2046.0%18-2283.8%501022216146
Stats Against (All Games)98.649.137-8145.8%10-2341.0%15-2172.0%501223208137
vs opponents averaging99.550.137-8345.0%7-2036.2%18-2476.3%521222208146
Stats Against (Road Games)103.650.438-8545.1%11-2543.4%16-2174.7%501225218118

MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games12-5-3.97-1010-7103.651.948.9%48.1100.652.244.5%50.4
Home Games8-1+24-57-2109.853.950.6%47.1101.152.644.6%52.1
Last 5 Games3-2-8.51-44-1102.050.448.0%46.6102.855.045.3%52.0
MIAMI Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)103.651.939-7948.9%8-2141.1%18-2375.9%48923208145
vs opponents surrendering97.44937-8145.2%7-1937.1%17-2275.7%511122208155
Team Stats (Home Games)109.853.940-8050.6%9-2044.1%20-2679.1%47824208124
Stats Against (All Games)100.652.237-8444.5%9-2635.8%17-2374.4%501121208144
vs opponents averaging98.850.337-8344.8%8-2135.4%16-2274.5%511222209145
Stats Against (Home Games)101.152.638-8644.6%8-2731.0%16-2370.8%521219217143
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 97.9,  MIAMI 96.6
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/31/2012SAN ANTONIO95-99L7W186.5O35-8043.7%471338-8047.5%5115
11/2/2012UTAH88-86W3.5W191.5U37-8145.7%501235-8541.2%5514
11/3/2012@ CHICAGO89-82W9.5W181.5U32-7542.7%541629-8833.0%5512
11/7/2012PHILADELPHIA62-77L1.5L179U23-6933.3%522035-8441.7%4915
11/9/2012CHARLOTTE107-99W-7.5W181O43-8351.8%50940-8348.2%4712
11/14/2012@ HOUSTON96-100L6.5W184O34-8440.5%481036-8045.0%5111
11/16/2012OKLAHOMA CITY95-110L6.5L186.5O33-7842.3%461140-7454.1%4313
11/17/2012@ MILWAUKEE113-117L8.5W191.5O41-7753.2%421943-9346.2%5111
11/20/2012NEW YORK80-102L7.5L185.5U29-6942.0%391337-8344.6%5910
11/21/2012@ INDIANA107-115L7.5L181O39-9242.4%56940-9243.5%618
11/23/2012@ PHOENIX108-111L5.5W195.5O40-7851.3%521844-9048.9%4210
11/25/2012@ DENVER84-102L10L194U33-8538.8%511440-7553.3%4814
11/26/2012@ LA CLIPPERS105-98W13W188.5O36-7150.7%461537-7946.8%4114
11/28/2012UTAH84-96L3L190U31-7342.5%401931-6349.2%4816
12/1/2012OKLAHOMA CITY79-100L8.5L193.5U30-8137.0%511540-7950.6%4814
12/3/2012MILWAUKEE102-81W4W188.5U43-8252.4%46829-7638.2%4816
12/5/2012LA LAKERS87-103L4.5L195U35-8541.2%581237-8046.2%499
12/7/2012MEMPHIS89-96L8W182.5O36-7548.0%361236-7250.0%4816
12/8/2012@ MIAMI              
12/11/2012WASHINGTON              
12/12/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/14/2012MINNESOTA              
12/16/2012@ PORTLAND              
12/18/2012@ GOLDEN STATE              
12/19/2012@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/21/2012@ SAN ANTONIO              
12/22/2012INDIANA              

MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/30/2012BOSTON120-107W-6.5W187.5O43-7954.4%40839-7552.0%4315
11/2/2012@ NEW YORK84-104L-6L199U33-7146.5%462136-8442.9%4412
11/3/2012DENVER119-116W-8.5L199O43-8351.8%37849-9551.6%6013
11/5/2012PHOENIX124-99W-13W203O47-8654.7%541535-8839.8%4911
11/7/2012BROOKLYN103-73W-10.5W208U40-7751.9%461230-8037.5%5119
11/9/2012@ ATLANTA95-89W-4W197.5U37-7648.7%471434-8142.0%4513
11/11/2012@ MEMPHIS86-104L-1.5L194.5U30-7938.0%621338-8644.2%5114
11/12/2012@ HOUSTON113-110W-5.5L194.5O45-8950.6%541136-8045.0%4811
11/14/2012@ LA CLIPPERS100-107L-1L197.5O35-7745.5%461935-7248.6%4618
11/15/2012@ DENVER98-93W3.5W202.5U36-7746.8%421137-8842.0%5913
11/17/2012@ PHOENIX97-88W-6.5W202U38-7153.5%451934-7943.0%4516
11/21/2012MILWAUKEE113-106W-9.5L203.5O41-8647.7%651546-10942.2%5611
11/24/2012CLEVELAND110-108W-15L197.5O36-6952.2%511835-7944.3%4310
11/29/2012SAN ANTONIO105-100W-13L201.5O42-8648.8%421036-8045.0%5519
12/1/2012BROOKLYN102-89W-8W192.5U40-7851.3%381033-7544.0%5618
12/4/2012@ WASHINGTON101-105L-10L194.5O41-8946.1%511238-7948.1%5010
12/6/2012NEW YORK92-112L-9.5L199O32-7642.1%511441-9145.1%567
12/8/2012NEW ORLEANS              
12/10/2012ATLANTA              
12/12/2012GOLDEN STATE              
12/15/2012WASHINGTON              
12/18/2012MINNESOTA              
12/20/2012@ DALLAS              
12/22/2012UTAH              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
NEW ORLEANS: GUARDS: This offense will belong to ERIC GORDON. He'll get over the fact that the Hornets matched his offer from Phoenix, and as long as his surgically-repaired knee holds up, he's one of the most complete young scorers in the NBA . . . The Hornets reached for AUSTIN RIVERS with the 10th pick because Monty Williams wants to coach him and thinks he can be an NBA point guard. Rivers has the handle, but his athleticism is ordinary and, more importantly, he has never shown a PG mentality at any level . . . GREIVIS VASQUEZ is the closest thing to a true point guard on this roster. He'll see solid minutes assuming Rivers' adjustment is a tough one . . . Well-rounded ROGER MASON JR. will also provide point guard depth . . . XAVIER HENRY hasn't lived up to his reputation as a shooter, but the Hornets can be patient with him . . . Rookie BRIAN ROBERTS has had a strong enough preseason to likely earn a roster spot. FORWARDS: ANTHONY DAVIS should step right in as a starter. His offensive game is further along than he gets credit for, and on the defensive end he's an absolute force from the basket out to the perimeter . . . He'll probably miss having Dwight Howard drawing in defenses, but RYAN ANDERSON has always been a very good three-point shooter. He and Davis are unique enough talents to share the court even if they're both power forwards . . . AL-FAROUQ AMINU made some strides on the defensive end late last season, which is what will get him minutes under Williams. He's underwhelming on the offensive end . . . If HAKIM WARRICK couldn't succeed as Steve Nash's pick-and-roll partner, it seems unlikely he'll ever help in New Orleans . . . Rookie DARIUS MILLER is looking to establish some kind of role with the team . . . LANCE THOMAS is doubtful to earn a salary to pay off his jewelry debts. CENTERS: ROBIN LOPEZ has always had the ability to protect the rim and does a decent job in space. Look for him to end up grabbing the bulk of minutes in the middle . . . JASON SMITH gives the Hornets a more offensive-minded option off the bench.
MIAMI: GUARDS: The regular season goal for DWYANE WADE is to just stay healthy. Even following knee surgery, he's still good enough to pile up numbers, but the minutes won't be there in the regular season . . . That's why the Heat brought in RAY ALLEN. He and Wade will share the floor at times, but Allen should primarily play off the bench. His role will be to knock down the wide-open threes Wade and LeBron James create . . . After all the big plays he made in the postseason, MARIO CHALMERS is entrenched as the starting point guard, despite being plagued by a bad hammy in the preseason . . . Super-quick NORRIS COLE looks like he'll become one of the NBA's better backup point guards . . . If he doesn't retire, the absurdly brittle MIKE MILLER will see limited regular-season minutes . . . TERREL HARRIS will likely make the team because he's willing to play defense. FORWARDS: While another title is their No. 1 priority, LeBRON JAMES has shown no need to rest during the regular season. He'll play full-time minutes and be in the thick of the MVP race . . . CHRIS BOSH remains integral to the offense with his ability to pull opposing bigs away from the basket. His stats don't reflect his actual value . . . SHANE BATTIER will continue to be a defensive specialist whose offensive role is limited to shooting open threes . . . UDONIS HASLEM is another guy who will get held back in the regular season. He should lead their low-post rotation . . . RASHARD LEWIS' knee problems have robbed him of athleticism . . . But Lewis should beat out fellow shooter JAMES JONES for a rotation spot . . . JARVIS VARNADO is a shot-blocking force with little to no offensive game. CENTERS: JOEL ANTHONY will continue to tag-team with Haslem in the middle. Anthony is an absolute negative on the offensive end, but he brings more size and shot-blocking than Haslem . . . DEXTER PITTMAN will be battling for a roster spot. Sexy Dexy has shown no signs of being an NBA-caliber player so far in his career . . . MICKELL GLADNESS is a better alternative than Pittman on both ends of the floor.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (NEW ORLEANS-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Hornets-Heat Preview* ======================

By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer

New Orleans (5-13) at Miami (12-5), 7:30 p.m. EDT

A pair of losses have the Miami Heat searching for answers defensively.

LeBron James doesn't think one game will solve those issues, but a matchup against the offensively-challenged New Orleans Hornets should only help.

James and the Heat look to begin showing marked improvement defensively and avoid matching their longest losing streak in 11 months Saturday night against the Hornets.

Although Miami (12-5) has one of the league's best records, the team is concerned with a defense that is allowing 100.6 points per game. That number is in stark contrast to last season, when the Heat surrendered 92.5 a contest and 90.3 during the playoffs en route to the NBA title.

"If it goes too long what it becomes is a tendency. If it goes longer than that it becomes a habit. If it continues by the time you get to the playoffs, that's who you are," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That's what we're looking to change right now."

The defensive issues were further brought to light following a 112-92 home loss to New York on Thursday after falling 105-101 at league-worst Washington two days earlier.

The Heat, who last dropped three in a row from Jan. 10-13, allowed their last two opponents to shoot 46.5 percent from the field and gave up 18 of 44 from 3-point range against the Knicks.

James is looking to respond in a big way, far beyond a meeting with the Western Conference-worst Hornets (5-13), who rank among the league's lowest scoring teams at 92.8 points per game.

"It's going to take more than that; one good game," he said. "We gotta have a string. We gotta have a month. We've had months before; month of December, month of January where we just absolutely get back to the way we're playing. That's defensively and also offensively moving the ball and sharing the ball.

"One game is not going to change it."

While James laments the defensive effort, he's doing his part offensively, ranking fourth in the league at 25.2 points per game after collecting 31 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to fall just shy of back-to-back triple-doubles.

"My motivation is well beyond hoisting one trophy, and I'm not taking any shortcuts to get to that point, so I can't allow my teammates to take shortcuts," James said. "We gotta be better. I gotta be better. It's that simple."

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh certainly need to be better after they combined to miss 19 of 25 from the floor while totaling 25 points Thursday.

Facing New Orleans should get at least Wade going again. He's averaging 28.1 points in the last seven meetings, while Bosh was limited to 12 in a 109-95 victory on Jan. 30 in the only matchup last season.

Wade and James had 22 points apiece in that game, helping Miami beat the Hornets for the eighth time in 10 home meetings.

New Orleans is coming off a 1-4 homestand, during which it averaged 88.2 points.

The Hornets capped that stretch with Friday's 96-89 loss to NBA-best Memphis. Still, coach Monty Williams was encouraged despite his team's 11th loss in 13 games.

"It's close to the right effort," he said. "I'm proud of how we competed but my heart aches because you lost a game you had a chance to win."

Rookie Austin Rivers is trying to build on his season-high 15 points from Friday. He had totaled eight points over the previous four contests, going 3 for 23 from the field.


Last Updated: 8/29/2014 2:31:13 AM EST


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