Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat
Two of the NBAs elite squads currently in the midst of winning streaks collide Tuesday when the Southeast Division-leading Miami Heat hosts the Northwest Division-leading Oklahoma City Thunder.Â The Miami Heat is 7-point favorites over the Oklahoma City Thunder and the over/under total is set at 202.
Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to four with Mondays 116-89 victory against Washington. The Thunder easily covered as 8-point home favorites, giving them their fourth straight win against the spread and lifting their overall spread record to 35-31. Three of Oklahoma Citys four victories during the streak occurred on the road where the club is 20-14 overall and 18-16 against the spread. The combined 207 points in Mondays outing barely dipped below the closing total, which enabled the der to win in the Thunders last three games. However, the er is 38-28 in their first 66 games. Center Kendrick Perkins made his Oklahoma City debut against the Wizards after missing nine games with a knee injury. Perkins registered six points and nine rebounds during his 20 minutes of playing time. Perkins had not appeared in a game for Oklahoma City since being shipped to the Thunder from the Celtics at the February 24th trade deadline. Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, who leads the NBA in scoring with an average of 28 points per game, notched a game-high 32 points against the Wizards. Durant was 5-of-6 from beyond the three-point line and 9-of-9 from the foul line.
The Miami Heat is 46-21 overall but just 32-35 against the spread. Miami has won and covered its last three games, including impressive victories against the league-leading Spurs and the Pacific Division-leading Lakers. Mondays 110-80 against the Spurs was Miamis most stunning, as the Heat avenged a 30-point loss to San Antonio just 10 days earlier. Despite easily covering as a five-point favorite, Miami is just 14-20 against the spread at home. The trio of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James again led the way for Miami. Bosh had 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting and was 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. He also hauled down 12 rebounds. Wade added 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting. He was 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to go along with nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks. James had 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting with six rebounds and eight assists.
Miami and Oklahoma City have met once this season with the Heat registering a 108-103 victory as one-point road underdogs. The combined 211 points leaped above the 201-point closing total, enabling the er to improve to 7-1 in the last eight series meetings.Â Tonight, I will be taking the er which is 202.Â The trend between these two teams going er makes this a strong play for me.