In this battle between two teams sitting within the playoff places of their respective conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-28), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the Miami Heat (32-36), who on the other hand want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 03-18-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -4.5
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 42-28 record (36-34 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Warriors with an 88-110 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Paul George with 28.3 ppg, adding 8.2 boards and 4.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 22.9 ppg, adding team highs both in boards grabbed with 11.1 and in dimes made with 10.5 per game but he will miss this game due to suspension.
Miami Heat have a 32-36 record (36-32 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 8th place of the East. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Hornets with a 93-75 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Josh Richardson with 16.9 ppg, adding 3.6 boards and 4 dimes per game. He is followed by Goran Dragic with 14.4 ppg and 4 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Thunder won on the road with a 102-118 score. Thunder have a 23-10 home record, while the Heat are 16-16 on the road. Thunder are better offensively, scoring 114.6 ppg to Heat’s 105.9, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 106.2 ppg to Thunder’s 110.8 ppg. Thunder have a better field goal percentage (45.5% to 45.2%), while Heat have a better 3-point percentage (35.5% to 34.7%). Heat are better in dimes made (24 to 23), while Thunder are better both in boards grabbed (48.2 to 46.1) and in turnovers committed (13.8 to 14.4). Thunder are the favorite at home even without Westbrook and Vegas odds give them a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -4.5 (-112)
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