Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 8/12/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Location: Visa Athletic Center in Orlando, Florida
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder (43-27, 2nd in the Northwest Division) host the Miami Heat (44-27, 1st in the Southeast Division) at Visa Athletic Center on Wednesday. The Heat cover the spread 52.2% of the time, having gone 36-33-2 ATS. Oklahoma City covers the spread 61.4% of the time, going 43-27-0 against the spread.
Key Miami Heat Injuries
08/08/20 PG Kendrick Nunn Personal is out indefinitely
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
08/10/20 C Steven Adams Leg is questionable Wednesday vs Miami
08/10/20 SF Danilo Gallinari Ankle is questionable Wednesday vs Miami
08/10/20 PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Calf is questionable Wednesday vs Miami
08/10/20 C Nerlens Noel Ankle is questionable Wednesday vs Miami
08/06/20 PG Dennis Schroder Personal is out indefinitely
Jimmy Butler averages 20.2 points per game in 34.1 minutes per contest. He averages 6.1 assists per contest and 6.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%. Goran Dragic comes into this contest averaging 16.2 points per game while playing 28.3 minutes per night. He pulls down 3.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is at 78%.
Chris Paul averages 17.7 points per game and he sees the court an average of 31.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.0 rebounds per contest and 6.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 91%. Steven Adams averages 11.1 points per game while playing 27.1 minutes per contest. He grabs 9.4 rebounds per game and has 2.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 60% and his free throw percentage is at 59%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Heat allow 109.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 7th and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.3 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd, and they give up 24.5 assists per contest which puts them in 15th place in the league. They force 13.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the league. Miami averages 112.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 15th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.3 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 1st in the league. They average 44.4 rebounds per game and 26.1 assists per contest, which ranks them 18th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 14th with 14.9 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Thunder surrender 108.4 points per contest, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 11th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 5th with 23.0 assists allowed per contest, and 12th with 44.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Thunder are 13th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.1 per game. Oklahoma City is 20th in the league with 110.4 points per game this year. They are 7th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 2.1. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 17th in the NBA. They are 25th in the league in rebounding with 42.7 boards per game and 28th in assists per contest with 21.8. The Thunder are 25th in turnovers per game with 13.6.
The Heat are 7th in the league in defensive rating with 109.5, and their offensive rating of 112.8 is ranked 11th. They are 27th in the NBA in pace with 98.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 3rd. As a unit they are 1st in the league in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shot attempts, ranking 7th in the NBA. Miami is 7th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 20th in the NBA.
Oklahoma City is 22nd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 22nd in the NBA. The Thunder are 13th in the league in defensive rating with 109, and their offensive rating of 111.1 is ranked 8th. They are 23rd in the NBA in pace with 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 13th. As a unit they are 7th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 25th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Heat/Thunder NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Miami
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