Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Prediction, 1/10/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Location: FTX Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
The Miami Heat will compete against the Oklahoma City Thunder at FTX Arena on Tuesday.
The Thunder played the Mavericks and earned the victory with a final of 120-109 in their last game. Concerning personal fouls, the Thunder finished with 26 and the Mavericks finished the game with 19 personal fouls. They also converted 14 of their 39 shots from distance. Dallas ended up shooting 78.6% from the free throw line by knocking down 33 of 42 shots. Moreover, Dallas had 39 boards (8 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 8 rejections. Dallas totaled 21 dimes and had 3 steals in this matchup. Regarding defense, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to shoot 42.5% from the floor on 31 of 73 shooting. They also recorded 27 assists for the contest in addition to forcing 12 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In terms of rebounding, they earned 47 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Thunder made 16 of 20 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Oklahoma City finished the game having earned a 48.9% FG percentage (46 out of 94) and made 12 out of their 28 shots from distance.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a player who came through for this game. He racked up 33 points on 11 out of 17 shooting. He played for 36 mins played and snagged 5 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander went 64.7% from the field and also recorded 5 dimes.
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Oklahoma City heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 18-22 this season. They are turning it over 14.0 times per contest and as a group they commit 21.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Oklahoma City is grabbing 44.3 boards per game and has accumulated 969 dimes so far this year, which is 19th in basketball in terms of passing. The Thunder are shooting 35.7% on shots from downtown (482 of 1,349) and 79.2% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 116.5 points per game (8th in basketball) while connecting on 46.3% from the field.
On defense, the Thunder are forcing their opponents into 16.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.9 fouls. They rank 12th in the league in allowing assists with 998 conceded for the campaign. The Thunder are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.7% (1,677 of 3,588) and they surrender 47.8 boards per game as a unit. They give up 36.0% on 3-point attempts and they are 23rd in the NBA in opponents points per game (116.7).
In their last game, the Heat took a defeat with a final score of 102-101 against the Nets. The Heat earned 25 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive rebounds totaling 41 in this matchup. They also turned it over 11 times, while recording 8 steals in this game. The Nets committed 21 personal fouls in this game which took the Heat to the free throw line for 17 attempts. They were able to convert 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 70.6%. In terms of shots from beyond the arc, Miami converted 13 out of their 35 attempts (37.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Heat went 38 out of 92 from the floor which had them sitting at 41.3%. The Heat allowed the Nets to convert 39 of 76 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.3% in this game. They finished 36.4% from three-point range by going 12 of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 12 of 15 at the charity stripe (80.0%). With respect to rebounding, Miami permitted Brooklyn to collect 40 overall (6 on the offensive side).
Jimmy Butler ended up having an impact for the Heat for the game. He knocked down 9 of 21 in this game giving him a rate of 42.9%, and totaled 8 rebounds. Butler had 26 points in his 34 mins of playing time and had 1 assist in the matchup.
Miami has a record of 21-20 so far this year. As an offense, the Heat are hitting on 45.2% from the field, which is ranked 26th in the league. Miami has 4,457 points for the season (108.7 per game) and they pull in 40.7 boards per game. They are earning an assist 23.7 times per contest (22nd in the league) and they cough up possession 13.4 times per contest. The Heat commit 19.2 fouls per contest while shooting 81.9% from the free throw line.
The Miami defense concedes 36.7% on shots from 3-point land (536 of 1,461) and their opponents are making 78.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 25.3 assists and 43.1 total boards per game, which ranks them 17th and 10th in the NBA. The Heat defensively are ranked 2nd in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 109.0. They are able to force 16.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.6% from the field (21st in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Miami and under the total points
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