Thunder vs. Heat - 1/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (22-17) at Oklahoma City Thunder (29-12)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSOK
The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Miami Heat look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 97 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 95.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Chris Bosh is averaging 19 points and eight rebounds while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 12.3 points and 11.3 rebounds. Luol Deng is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Tyler Johnson is dishing 2.1 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.2 turnovers per game. The Miami Heat have won six of their last 10 road games. Dwyane Wade is questionable with a shoulder injury.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 108.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 100.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 26.5 points and 7.7 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.4 points and 9.5 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing two assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.5 turnovers per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six of their last seven home games.
The Heat are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 14-38-2 ATS in their last 54 games following a straight up win. The Thunder are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. NBA Southeast. The Heat are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Instead of backing the big chalk, I'm siding with the under. Miami will have trouble scoring with a banged up roster and the Thunder will struggle due to the Heat's defense. Take the under.