Thu, Mar 17, 8:56am by Kevin Pitstock
The Miami Heat will play at home where they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both teams are destined for the play-offs and are gearing their game towards improvement. The Heat have won four pf their last ten games and are riding a 3 game win streak. The Thunder have won seven of the last ten games and have a 4 game wins streak. Let’s check the odds at Sportsbet after we preview each team and make our free pick.
The Heat are led by LeBron James and his 26 point scoring average. He also hands out 7 assists per game and makes 1.5 steal per game. His team mate Chris bosh grabs over 8 rebounds a game and Dwayne Wade leads the team in field goal percentage are 50%. Joel Anthony is the steals leader at 1.3 a game.
The team is 8th in scoring with 101.7 points per game and are in the top ten in several offensive categories. They are 2nd in th eNBA in field goal percentage at 47.8% and 9th in 3-point shooting with 37%. Free throws are successful 76.8% of the attempts. Rebounding is the 8th best at 42.4 boards a game. On the defensive end they allow 94 points a game and hold the opposition to 40 rebounds a game.
Oklahoma City Overview
The Thunder are 43-23 for the season and 20-14 on the road. They are led by the leagues best scorer in Kevin Durant. He averages 28 points per game. Russell Westbrook control the floor game with 8.5 assists per game and 1.8 steals per game. Inside has the big man Serge Ibaka who leads in three categories. He rebounds at a 7.4 boards per game clip, blocks 2.3 shots a game and has a 54.7% field goal shooting percentage.
The team is 5th in the NBA in scoring with 104.8 points per game. They shoot 46% from the field and 34.8% from beyond the 3-point arc. The Thunder is #1 in the league in free throw shooting with a stellar 82.7%. Rebounding is maintained at 42 boards a game. Defensively they allow 101.7 points a game and 41 rebounds are taken off the glass per game by the opponents.
Pick and Prediction
Two big teams battle it out late in the year. Each are tired from the wear and tear of the long season. They will be ready to mix it up for this contest. Oklahoma City will lean on Durant to take them to victory but Miami has 3 stars to handle the load. The odds courtesy of Sportsbet is Oklahoma City +6.5 and that is a spread they can cover.
Our Pick: Bet Oklahoma City +6.5 at Sportsbet
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