Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat - 1/17/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder

Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Chesapeake Energy Arena)

Thunder -1 O/U 219.5

The Miami Heat travels to the Chesapeake Energy Arena to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat won their last game over the San Antonio Spurs 106-100, snapping a two-game losing streak and improving their record on the season to 28-12. Oklahoma City has won seven of their last ten but fell to the Toronto Raptors their last time out, falling 130-121 to move their record to 23-18.

The Miami Heat offense comes in averaging 111.7 points per game which ranks them 11th in the NBA this season but the Heat shoot the ball efficiently with a 47.2% team percentage from the field to rank 4th in the NBA. The Heat is led in scoring by Jimmy Butler who averages 20.5 points per game while shooting 44.5% from the field. Butler also leads the team in assists with 6.4 per game. The key to Miami’s surprise success this season is Bam Adebayo who is averaging a double-double with 15.8 points and a team-high 10.4 rebounds per game.

Oklahoma City averages 109.4 points per game which ranks them 18th in the NBA despite shooting 46.7% which ranks them 9th in the NBA. The Oklahoma City offense is led in scoring by Shae Gilgeous-Alexander who averages 20 points per game and adds 5.7 rebounds per game. Offseason acquisition Chris Paul has seen a dip in production this season but is leading the Thunder in assists with 6.5 per game and adding 16.5 points per game. Leading rebounder Steven Adams averages 10.0 per game and adds 11.8 points per game. 

Miami and Oklahoma City both boast solid offenses with Oklahoma City opponents scoring 107.3 points per game to rank them 9th in the NBA in scoring defense. Thunder opponents are shooting 45.6% from the field which ranks 16th in the NBA this season. The Heat has allowed 108 points per game ranking them 12th in the NBA while opponents have shot just 44.5% from the field. 

Both the Thunder and Heat have been two of the teams outplaying their preseason expectations with the Heat come in with a 22-16-2 record ATS. The Thunder boasting one of the best records ATS on the year with a 27-14 record for bettors this season and having covered the spread in nine of their last eleven games. Final score prediction, the Heat led by Jimmy Butler will be able to shut down the Thunder offense winning the game on the road as a one-point favorite.

Lance’s Pick Miami Heat +1

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