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Heat vs Thunder NBA Game Preview

Miami HeatOklahoma City Thunder
March 25, 8:00 PM | Chesapeake Energy Arena

Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

35-11TEAM RECORD36-12

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Miami when they hit take on the Thunder on Sunday in pro hoops betting action.

The Heat will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 23-23 ATS against the number this season, while the Thunder are 26-22 ATS. Miami is 19-25-2 on the totals; Oklahoma City is 25-23.

View Miami vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oklahoma City opened as 1-point favorites, while the NBA total was set at 200 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Thunder, currently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Heat, who rate No. 3 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 107-105 victory for the Heat.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 103.6 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 6 at 93.2 PPG. The Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 47.5% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 48.1% per game.

Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.5 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Miami, they were an 88-73 winner as they battled the Pistons on the road. The Heat covered in the match as a 9-point favorite, while 161 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Heat got 24 points from Dwyane Wade as Miami ran past Detroit 88-73 on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Thunder were a 149-140 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (289) made winners of OVER bettors. Russell Westbrook poured in 45 points for Oklahoma City on Friday, as they defeated Minnesota 149-140 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Portland are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Heat at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami's last 8 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oklahoma City's last 8 games when playing at home against Miami
Oklahoma City is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games

Next up:
Miami at Indiana, Monday, March 26
Oklahoma City at Portland, Tuesday, March 27