Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Heat vs Thunder Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Miami Heat taking on the OKC Thunder on Sunday January 17 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Miami Heat 23-17 (8-9 V) vs. OKC Thunder (19-5 H)
Date: Sunday January 17
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, OKC, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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The Miami Heat had their most dramatic win of the season on Friday and will look to build off that when they go into Oklahoma City on Sunday night.
Miami trailed by 20+ points in the first half, but rallied to not just win the game by 3, but also cover the -2 for backers.
Oklahoma City had no problem handling the Timberwolves at home on Friday. They dominated from the start as Minnesota didn’t record a bucket until about the 7 minute mark of the first quarter. The Thunder put the hammer down in the 3rd quarter and never looked back en route to a huge win.
Denver has been causing some of the top teams fits this season. They have beaten Golden State and taken them into overtime in Oakland and then they welcomed in Miami on Friday night and led by 16 at the break.
It looked as if Miami had no answer offensively or defensively to stop the Nuggets. However, the Heat do what good teams do, adjust at half. Miami raced out in the 3rd quarter and outscored the Nuggets 30-16 as they started to really run on Denver.
They did the same thing in the 4th, outscoring them 22-17 as Denver had no answer offensively themselves.
With no Wade in the lineup on Friday, the Heat got a surprise from their bench as Tyler Johnson turned in his best game of the season. Johnson put in 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists as he boosted the Heat, especially in that 3rd quarter. Look for Johnson to get more minutes on Sunday against the Thunder.
Back on 12/3 Miami took care of business at home against the Thunder 97-95.
Oklahoma City can’t be stopped right now. The Thunder have won 5 of their last 6 and made it 10 straight games with at least 100 points.
Russell Westbrook did a little bit of everything as he finished with a triple double putting in 12 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists.
Kevin Durant made it 26 straight games with at least 20 points as he turned in a 21 point night. Durant continues to dominate the scoresheet game after game and is really making a case for the scoring title and for MVP.
Miami will have their work cut out for them here as Oklahoma City has been extremely dominant at home. The Thunder bring in a home record of 19-5 SU as they average 108.2 points compared to the 99.2 they let up. However, backers haven’t been that pleased with them as they are just 11-13 ATS in those 24 games.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Heat are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- Heat are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference.
- Thunder are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Free NBA Prediction:
The Heat’s stingy defense will be a lot for the Thunder to handle here.
Oklahoma City has been rolling offensively, but this will easily be the best defense they’ve seen lately. The Heat allow just 95.1 points per game on the road as they like to really slow the game down.
This is something they must do against the Thunder here as it will get Westbrook and Durant both out of their rhythms.
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 101 – Miami 99
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