Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat - 3/18/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Miami Heat (46-24) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (20-49)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 8:00 pm (FTX Arena)

Betting Odds: Miami Heat -16 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat meet Friday in NBA action at the FTX Arena. The Oklahoma City Thunder look to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Miami Heat look for a win after winning nine of their last 12 games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 102.1 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 109.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 24 points and 4.9 rebounds, while Luguentz Dort is averaging 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. Josh Giddey is the third double-digit scorer and Darius Bazley is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.

The Miami Heat are averaging 109.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.4 points and 5.6 assists, while Tyler Herro is averaging 20.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. Bam Adebayo is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.

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The Thunder are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 road games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Heat are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 10-2-1 in Thunder last 13 overall. The under is 5-2 in Heat last 7 overall. The Thunder are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in brutal form right now, and the Heat are healthy and head and shoulders the better team. The line makes sense, I guess. However, the Heat do have a habit of letting up in the second half and allowing lesser teams to hang around. Also, as bad as OKC is, the Thunder are still a profitable 40-25-4 against the spread on the season and 23-11 against the spread on the road. You make money siding with the Thunder. Give me the boatload of points.

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Randy’s Pick Oklahoma City Thunder +16

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