Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat - 3/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat - 3/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat (39-33) at Oklahoma City Thunder (43-30)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)

The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Miami Heat look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 103.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.6 points and 4.8 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.3 points and 11.8 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Dwyane Wade is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder also look for another victory after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 107.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.4 points and 10.2 assists while Paul George is averaging 21.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.9 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won four straight home games.

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The Heat are 37-17-1 ATS in their last 55 road games, 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Friday games and 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Thunder are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games playing on 2 days rest, 4-12 ATS in their last 16 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Heat are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

We're almost in April, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are still losing games they shouldn't and are still playing lackluster basketball, finding ways to lose. I'm not trying to lay big chalk with OKC right now, as everything with this team is like pulling teeth. The Miami Heat are still without Whiteside and Wade, but they've been playing good basketball for the most part in the second half where the offense has caught fire, averaging 115.6 points in their last five games. Also, six of the Heats last seven losses have been decided by six or less points. I'll take the points with the Miami Heat on the road.

See Who The Experts Picked To Win This One

Randy’s Pick Miami Heat +7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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