The Charlotte Hornets are set to continue their tour on the road on Saturday, as the Miami Heat host them for their home-opener. As the Hornets are traveling from Central Florida with their first big win on the season, the Heat are gearing up to build on top of their tough one-point victory after their back-to-back road games.
The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southeast-Charlotte (in Hornets markets) and Fox Sports Sun (in Heat markets). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone, tablet or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
How to Watch Hornets vs Heat Online if You’re in Market
Fox Sports Southeast-Charlotte (local markets) and Fox Sports Sun (local markets) are included in the main Fubo bundle, which has 85 total channels and is tailored towards sports. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch games up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including Fox Sports Southeast-Charlotte (local markets) and Fox Sports Sun (local markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Fox Sports Sun (local markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package, but Fox Sports Southeast-Charlotte is not. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
How to Watch Hornets vs Heat Online if You’re Out of Market
If you live outside of the Hornets or Heat area, all out-of-market, non-nationally televised games can be watched through NBA League Pass. You can sign up and watch through a number of different platforms:
You can sign up for either NBA League Pass, which lets you watch all out-of-market games, or NBA Team Pass, which lets you watch all of one team’s games if they’re out of market. Once signed up, you’ll be able to watch games on your computer via the NBA.com website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NBA app.
If you have FuboTV or sign up for a new subscription, you can add NBA League Pass to your channel bundle. After signing up, you’ll be able to watch games on your computer via the Fubo website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Fubo app.
If you have Sling TV or sign up for a new subscription, you can add NBA League Pass or NBA Team Pass to your channel bundle. Once signed up, you’ll be able to watch games on your computer via the Sling website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling app.
The Miami Heat will finally get to play in front of their home crowd at American Airlines Arena on Saturday night, as they will host the Charlotte Hornets. After going 1-1 to open the season with both games on the road, the Heat will look forward to returning in front of their fans with a favorable matchup.
It’s no secret that the Heat are a bit understaffed. They started off the season with a notable amount of injuries, and they don’t seem to be getting a few key names back soon enough. James Johnson, Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington, and Dion Waiters are all expected to be absent for Miami’s home opener.
Despite being without a few significant names, the Heat are still fully capable of pulling off the win against the Hornets. They are favored over Charlotte -3.5. Miami needs to figure out how to remain consistent.
Although they have a standout performance for one or two guys each game, they haven’t really had much help from their bench. Guys like Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Johnson, and Dwayne Wade have struggled to really contribute to the scoreboard.
With Dwayne Wade playing in his final home-opener in his successful career, the Miami crowd will expect to see a breakout night for the veteran. Wade has seen some significant minutes through the first two games but has been quiet on the stat sheet. It’s clear that he is far from the player that he used to be, but don’t be surprised if he heats up on Saturday night as this game will mean much more to him than you could expect.
For the Hornets, they are walking into a tough environment on Saturday. It’s never easy for a visiting team to walk into a game with a crowd who will see their team playing like for the first time in what feels like years.
The Hornets aren’t going down without a fight though. They were two points away from being undefeated this season, and their one loss came against the Milwaukee Bucks, who are the talk of the NBA right now.
They didn’t just roll over after the first game though, as they put a beatdown on the Orlando Magic on the road. And it is relevant to note that the Heat took a tough loss to the Magic to open the season up. Expect the Heat versus the Hornets to be one of the closer matchups on Saturday night.