Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 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 +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to South Beach to battle the Miami Heat tonight.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have had their struggles this season, but things really seem to be turning around for them as they go for a third straight win tonight. After blowing past the Warriors on Friday, the Thunder showed no signs of slowing down and made light work of the Magic, crushing them by 127-99 in an absolute blowout. Kevin Durant had 21 points, 11 boards and eight assists while Russell Westbrook added 17 points as the Thunder stormed out to a 79-45 lead at halftime before resting just about everyone in the second half. The Thunder looked as good as ever, shooting 57.8 percent from the field, including a ridiculous 76 percent from the field in the second quarter. With the win, OKC improves to 20-20 on the season and 8-13 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have won four of their last six overall and will be looking to build on their 95-83 win over the Kings from Friday night. Dwyane Wade was once again absent from the court but you wouldn't have noticed because Chris Bosh poured in 30 points while Luol Deng added 25 points to lead the Heat who finished their five-game road trip 3-2 to improve to 11-10 on the road this season. In injury news, Wade is currently listed as questionable for this game, but the reports are that he made it through a full practice so that's definitely good news for you Heat fans out there.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five road games, while the Heat are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games overall and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 home games.
Head to head, the Thunder are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Miami and 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.
The line has finally been released and it is the Thunder who are favored by nine points which seems about right because I'm expecting them to pull away late and win by double digits.