Heat vs Thunder NBA Week 13 Betting Lines & Game Preview

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The Miami Heat have been rumored to be interested in trading for Oklahoma City veteran point guard Chris Paul. Well, on Friday the Heat can scout Paul in person when they visit the Thunder. OKC is the slight favorite on the Mybookie NBA odds.

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Heat vs Thunder Season Series

First meeting. Last season, the teams split the series, 1-1, with each squad winning on the road. The Heat are 23-39 all-time vs. the Thunder during the regular season, including 13-18 in Miami and 10-21 on the road.

Why Bet on Miami?

The Heat are spectacular at home and ended a two-game losing streak – both on the road – with a 106-100 home victory over the Spurs on Wednesday. Miami improved to 18-1 at home, one win shy of matching last season’s home win total. The Spurs were 10 for 33 from 3-point range, while Miami was 17 for 40. Patty Mills had a good look at a 3 that would have put San Antonio within three with 1:16 left, but Jimmy Butler blocked it and Miami held on from there.

Undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn was fabulous in the win, making 13-of-18 from the field for 33 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 31 minutes. The five 3-pointers and two steals match his career-highs with his scoring night coming up just three points shy of his best. Fellow rookie Tyler Herro (knee) didn’t play, which got Nunn more shots. Nunn has totaled 634 points in the first 40 games of the season. His 634 points are the second-most by an undrafted NBA player in their first 40 games during the Common Draft Era (since 1966).

Some Numbers

The Heat’s rookies are averaging 31.1 points this season, the highest overall average in the NBA. Additionally, Miami’s 31.1 rookie scoring average is currently the third-highest during a single-season in team history.

Bam Adebayo scored 14 points with 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. He was 6-of-15 from the field for his third-worst FG% game this year and his nine misses are tied for the most he’s had in a game this season but yet another double-double. He posted 23 double-doubles this season, helping Miami to a 18-5 record in those games.

Derrick Jones Jr. pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds with seven points off the bench. Jones has recorded 40 dunks this season, accounting for 49.4 percent of all his field goals made.

This is the Heat’s ninth of 10 straight Friday games in which Miami will play on every Friday from November 22 until January 24, having gone 5-3 over the previous eight consecutive Friday games. Friday is the busiest day for the Heat this season, playing 17 times on the day.

Team Stats

Offense

  • Total Score: 111.55
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.14
  • Three-Point Percentage: 37.79
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.83
  • Total Rebounds: 45.43

Defense

  • Total Score: 107.78
  • Field Goal Percentage: 44.48
  • Three-Point Percentage: 32.63
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.34
  • Total Rebounds: 41.70

Why Bet on Oklahoma City?

OKC lost 130-121 at home to Toronto on Wednesday. The Raptors shot 61.2 percent from the field and led by as many as 30. The Raptors led 97-83 heading into the fourth, and had a 21-point lead with 6:39 to play. Oklahoma City made a huge comeback try late. Danilo Gallinari threw down a dunk and was fouled with 2:39 to play. The free throw cut Toronto’s lead to three, but Toronto closed the game on an 8-2 run.

Chris Paul posted his first double-double in January on Wednesday with 16 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, four steals and one 3-pointer. Dennis Schroder scored 25 points, Gallinari scored 23 and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 21 for the Thunder. Mike Muscala had 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

Heat vs Thunder is going to be a really close one.

Nerlens Noel missed his sixth straight game with a left ankle sprain. Starting center Steven Adams left the game in the first half with a right knee contusion and did not return. Not yet clear if Adams will play here but Noel probably won’t. If Adams doesn’t, Muscala will get a ton more minutes.

New Life

Since Thanksgiving Day, Oklahoma City has gone 17-7, good for the fourth-best record among all NBA teams during that time span behind Milwaukee, the LA Lakers and Utah. The Thunder have four of the Top 5 leaders in clutch +/- rating (Adams, Gilgeous-Alexander, Schroder and Paul). As a team, the Thunder have earned the most clutch points in the NBA.

While OKC couldn’t rally on Wednesday, the Thunder have won 11 games in which they have been trailing entering the fourth quarter. No other team in the league has won more than six such games.

“We know if there’s time on the clock, there’s nothing us as a group is not capable of. It’s been a little bit of us in the past to get down a little bit, a lot actually, to start games. We just got to figure out a way to not let that happen, and put together a full four quarters,” Gilgeous-Alexander said.

Team Stats

Offense

  • Total Score: 109.44
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.70
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.25
  • Free Throw Percentage: 79.84
  • Total Rebounds: 43.44

Defense

  • Total Score: 107.88
  • Field Goal Percentage: 45.65
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.91
  • Free Throw Percentage: 80.16
  • Total Rebounds: 44.68

Heat vs Thunder NBA Week 13 Betting Trends

  • Thunder are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games played in January
  • Thunder are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games this season
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oklahoma City’s last 10 games at home
  • Heat are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games
  • Heat are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games played on a Friday
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami’s last 8 games on the road

Expert Final Score Prediction for Heat vs Thunder

Miami Heat 106 – Oklahoma City Thunder 108

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