Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder - 8/12/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Miami Heat (44-27) at Oklahoma City Thunder (43-27)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Visa Athletic Center)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -4 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Visa Athletic Center.
The Miami Heat look for a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 112.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.2 points and 6.7 rebounds while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.2 points and 5.1 assists. Bam Adebayo is the third double-digit scorer and Kendrick Nunn is dishing 3.3 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder also need a win here after splitting their last six games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 110.4 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 19.1 points and six rebounds while Danilo Gallinari is averaging 19.1 points and two assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing 6.8 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game.
The Heat are 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City and 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
This line makes me think the Miami Heat are going to rest guys with them pretty much locked into the fourth or fifth seed in the East. However, the OKC Thunder are currently listing Steven Adams, Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nerlens Noel questionable with injuries. I don't want anything to do with the Thunder if those guys aren't playing. Even if the Heat rest a couple of guys, they're a fairly deep team that gets after it defensively and has just enough shooting to win undermanned.
This is closer to a toss up game if both teams sit guys. I want the Heat and the points.