Thunder vs Heat: Christmas NBA
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to snap their four-game SU and ATS losing streak against the Miami Heat on Christmas Day as those two teams clash on the hardwood.
The Heat beat the Thunder and covered the posted spread on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks in each of the last four games of last year's NBA Finals. The OVER/UNDER went 3-1-1 for totals bettors in the five games of that championship series.
The Heat sport records of 18-6 and 13-11 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Thunder sit at 21-5 and 15-9-2 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-12 for the Heat and 12-13-1 for the Thunder. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 9-rated Heat and the No. 4-rated Thunder in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 109-107 win for the Thunder on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Thunder rank No. 13 in the league with 42.8 per game. That compares with Miami’s No. 29 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is the NBA’s No. 5-ranked team at 8.7 per game, while the Thunder rate No. 12 with 7.4 per contest.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Thunder own the league's No. 10-rated mark, allowing 96 points per game when playing on the road. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring on their home court.
The Thunder were a 99-93 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (192) made winners of UNDER bettors. Kevin Durant was dynamite, scoring 33 points and adding 7 rebounds but Minnesota still won, 99-93, over Oklahoma City on Thursday at Target Center.
The Heat were a 105-89 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Jazz. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (194) made winners of UNDER bettors. Miami got 30 points from LeBron James en route to a 105-89 victory over Utah on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Charlotte are 7-3
After playing Utah are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
A few Thunder at Heat trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games at home
Miami is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games at home
Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games
Oklahoma City home to Dallas, Thursday, December 27
Miami at Charlotte, Wednesday, December 26