Heat play on the road against Thunder
The Miami Heat will be looking to get some revenge on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night as those NBA title contenders meet on the hardwood in college basketball betting action.
The Thunder topped the Heat 112-95 as a 4-point road underdog on the NBA odds in the last game between the two teams on January 29. That dropped the Heat to 7-3 both SU and ATS in their last 10 games against the Thunder dating back to 2012.
OKC is a slight favorite (per BetDSI) but the Heat have been impressive as underdogs, covering spreads in the rare cares when they get points from oddsmakers.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Thunder currently sport a record of 43-12, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 32-23 ATS. The Heat are 38-14 and 25-27 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Thunder post a 28-27 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 31-21 against the number.
Those backing the visitors in this one found the Heat listed as 4-point underdogs earlier at BetDSI. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 206.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.
The Thunder sit at No. 1 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Heat are at No. 19 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Thunder will win this game 101-99.
In their last action, Miami was a 117-106 winner on the road against the Mavericks. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (223) was profitable news for OVER bettors. LeBron James went off for 42 points and added 9 rebounds leading Miami to a 117-106 win over Dallas on Tuesday at American Airlines Center.
Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 107-103 result against the Lakers on February 13. The Thunder failed to cover in that game as a 11-point favorite, while the 210 combined points took the game OVER the total. Kevin Durant went off for 43 points and added 12 rebounds leading Oklahoma City to a 107-103 win over Los Angeles on Thursday at STAPLES Center.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Oklahoma City's No. 6-rated squad against Miami's No. 30-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Oklahoma City rates No. 17 in the league with 7.36 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 11 with 8.13 per outing.
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