Heat vs. Thunder Pick
861 Miami Heat vs. 862 Oklahoma City Thunder, 8PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Thunder are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 215 points.
Oklahoma City opened as as the 6.5-point favorite it is now, while the total has gone down a point from 216. The Thunder are at -6.5 at most books, but can be bet at -6 if you shop around. The total is 216 almost everywhere, but is at 216.5 at some books.
As of Friday afternoon, 51 percent of public bets are being placed on Oklahoma City. Online wager info also shows that 52 percent of bets are coming in on the over.
INJURY TO WATCH
Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) is out tonight, while center Hassan Whiteside (hip) is out indefinitely. Shooting guard Dion Waiters (ankle) is out for the season. For the Thunder, shooting guard Andre Roberson (patellar tendon) is out for the season.
This is the first meeting between these two squads since Dec. 27, 2016, when the Thunder rolled to a 106-94 victory in Miami. Oklahoma City is 5-1 straight up and ATS in the last six meetings, but it should also be remembered those numbers are 3-1 straight up and ATS when Kevin Durant was still in OKC. Times have changed, but the Thunder are still very talented with the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Putting Corey Brewer in the starting lineup after his acquisition has also paid divdends. The Heat have been scoring more points and playing faster since the Whiteside injury, while the Thunder have hit the over in three of their last four games. Expect an entertaining game tonight with both offenses functioning well.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: HEAT/ThUNDER OVER 215