Tonight’s matchup: Life without center Hassan Whiteside continues for Heat vs. Hornets

CHARLOTTE HORNETS VS. MIAMI HEAT

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)

Records: Charlotte 8-12, Miami 10-11

Line: Heat favored by 2 points

Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Charlotte Hornets boxes out Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat during a preseason game at American Airlines Arena on October 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Hornets

F: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

F: Marvin Williams

C: Dwight Howard

G: Nicolas Batum

G: Michael Carter-Williams

Heat

F: Josh Richardson

F: Justise Winslow

C: Bam Adebayo

G: Dion Waiters

G: Goran Dragic

Scouting report: The Heat are still without swingman Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and forward Okaro White (left foot surgery). Center Hassan Whiteside will also miss Friday’s game due to left knee soreness. Whiteside will miss one to two weeks after suffering a different bone bruise on his left knee. … The Hornets will also be without a key player Friday. Guard Kemba Walker, who leads Charlotte in scoring at 22.3 points per game, will miss the game with a left shoulder AC contusion. But guard Jeremy Lamb will be available to play despite left knee bursitis. … The Hornets started the season with a 5-3 record. Since then, Charlotte has won just three of its last 12 games. … The Hornets are 1-9 on the road this season. … Nicolas Batum missed the first 12 games of the season with a sprained left elbow. Since returning, Batum is averaging 10.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 26.3 minutes in seven games. … The Heat enter on a two-game losing streak. Miami has been outscored 223-183 during the skid. … Defense is obviously a major key to the Heat’s success. Miami has allowed 95.9 points per 100 possessions in its wins this season, compared to the 111.2 points it’s allowed in losses. … The Heat are shooting 36.4 percent on open shots this season. They made 39.0 percent of their open shots during their 30-11 run over the final 41 games last season.

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