Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami 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 -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder do battle at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight.
The Heat have lost four of their last six but were able to snap a three-game skid with a 98-95 win at Denver last night. Chris Bosh led the scoring with 24 points while Tyler Johnson added 15 points off the bencg, but the biggest player in the game was Hassan Whiteside who racked up a triple-double of 19 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks. Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade were both absent from the game due to injuries and the status for both players is unclear.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder have won five of their last six and will be gunning for a fourth straight win tonight after beating the Timberwolves by 113-93 on Friday. Russell Westbrook compiled a triple-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while Kevin Durant led the scoring with 21 points as the Thunder dominated the game early, jumping out to a double digit lead before cruising in the second half. With the win, Oklahoma City improves to 29-12 on the season and 19-5 at home.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 road games against a team with a winning home record, while the Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Heat are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the over is 9-4-1 in the last 14 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Heat will still be without the services of Goran Dragic in this game, but the return of Wade is a big boost for the team, so I'm taking the Heat to keep this one competitive at the very least.