Miami Heat-New Orleans Hornets Preview: Five Things to Watch

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Miami Heat-New Orleans Hornets Preview: Five Things to Watch
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On Friday night, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat will put their four game winning streak on the line against the New Orleans Hornets which has won its first four games to start the season behind an extraordinary effort from Chris Paul.

The Hornets are only winning by an average of 6.75 points per game this year; however, their wins are made more impressive by the the quality of teams beaten this year. The four teams that New Orleans have played and beaten thus far were all playoff teams last year, including San Antonio and Denver.

The Heat, thus far, have had a much different type of schedule. While Miami is 1-1 against Boston and Orlando, two of the Eastern Conference's best teams, the Heat's other games have been against inferior competition in the 76ers, Nets and Timberwolves. Nevertheless, since the initial loss against Boston, the Heat have been dominating opponents and have a point differential of over 26 points per game.

Miami will certainly have its hands full with Chris Paul and the undefeated Hornets. Here are five things to watch for in Friday night's primetime matchup.

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