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2020 NBA Handicapping
(2-3) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat (2-3)
Date: Monday, January 4
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder +295 | Heat -325
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder +8 | Heat -8
NBA Betting Total: 213
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Monday, January 4th finds the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat playing in their first meeting of the 2020-21 campaign. Both teams enter the match sporting a 2-3 record.
Last season the clubs played twice with the teams each winning once. The Thunder holds the all-time record with 40 wins in 64 matches.
Oklahoma City Thunder
While the Thunder have an identical record as the Heat their goal this season is at the opposite end of the spectrum to the Heat. With 18 potential first-round picks in the next seven drafts, the Thunder are keen to rebuild and bolster their roster with young talents.
Some of the existing talents on the current roster were on full display on Saturday as they dismantled the Orlando Magic 108-99. Sophomore Darius Bazley led the way with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Cornerstone Shai Gilgeous-Alexander delivered a line of 16 points, seven assists, and five rebounds while Hamidou Diallo and rookie Theo Maledon each produced 12 points.
Veterans George Hill (18) and Al Horford (12) were the other double-figure contributors.
Rookie Aleksej Pokusevski suffered a concussion and will not be available Monday. Darius Miller (Achilles) Ty Jerome (ankle) and Trevor Ariza (personal) are all out indefinitely.
On the opposite end of the spectrum as the Thunder are the Heat who are coming off a trip to the NBA Finals and hope to return and win this season.
Through four games they’ve been middling alternating losses and wins and subsequently sport the same record as the Thunder.
After missing two games Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup and had a rough night at the office. He played just under 27 minutes producing two points, two assists, three rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers.
The loss to the Mavericks doesn’t solely fall on Butler’s head as the Heat are still searching rediscover the chemistry that vaulted them to the NBA Finals.
Bam Adebayo led the way versus Dallas posting a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Avery Bradley (15), Tyler Herro (11), Goran Dragic (10), and Precious Achiuwa (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Gabe Vincent (knee) hasn’t played in this season but is listed as probable. Avery Bradley (personal) is questionable to play on Monday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-2 in OKC last 8 overall.
- OKC are 23-10 ATS in their last 33 road games.
- MIA are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite.
- MIA are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Favorite is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
The oddity of the Thunder is they don’t look like a typical rebuilding team as they proved in their victories over the Hornets and Magic.
There are quality veterans and youthful talent that will keep them in games and occasionally allow them to win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat +8
.The Thunder offers precisely the type of opponent the Heat could use – – a tough competitive young team who’ll force them to defend but if they stick to their systems will net them victory.
The Heat haven’t played since New Year’s Day so they’ve had ample time to prepare for tonight.
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