Thunder at Heat - 1/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (20-20) at Miami Heat (18-22)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOK, SUN, NBATV
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat meet Tuesday at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last six games and play their fifth road game of the month. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 100.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 98.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 25.4 points and 6.9 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.1 points and 7.5 assists. Reggie Jackson is dishing 4.8 assists and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 46.5 percent from the field in their last five games and have combined for 254 points in their last two games. With a healthy Westbrook and Durant, the Thunder know they have to keep winning to make up for lost time, and they’re playing some of their better ball of the season.
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The Miami Heat have won four of their last six games and play their second home game of the month. On the season, the Heat are averaging 93.5 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 97.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Chris Bosh is averaging 21.6 points and 7.7 rebounds while Luol Deng is averaging 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds. Mario Chalmers is dishing 4.3 assists and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Miami Heat are playing solid defense during this stretch, as they’re allowing 41.4 percent shooting in their last five games. The Heat have won seven of their last nine games when allowing less than 100 points. However, the Heat are just 7-12 SU on their home court. Dwyane Wade is questionable for this game with a hamstring injury.
The Thunder are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Heat are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Thunder are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Miami and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
I'm backing the Heat the same reason I took the Cavs last night. Miami is playing decent ball lately and is playing its first home game in forever. Expect a solid crowd and an energized team that looks to keep the ball rolling here.