NBA Betting: Heat, Thunder highlight NBA odds slate
The last time the Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Miami Heat they managed to put an end to a long SU and ATS losing streak against LeBron James and company. Those two marquee teams will renew their rivalry with their matchup on Thursday night to highlight the week ahead in NBA betting action.
Oklahoma City had lost six games in a row both SU and ATS against Miami until beating them 112-95 as a 4-point underdog on the road in their first meeting of the season on January 29.
Kevin Durant led the way for the Thunder with 33 points and seven rebounds in that victory, while Serge Ibaka picked up 22 points, and Jeremy Lamb was good for 18 points. James had a team-high 34 points in that losing cause for the Heat, with Chris Bosh adding 18 points, and Dwyane Wade tossing in 15 points.
That January 29 matchup was the fourth OVER result in the last five games between the Heat and the Thunder on the NBA betting lines. Overall the OVER/UNDER is 5-4-1 in the last 10 games between the two teams, with the Heat holding the edge over the Thunder at 7-3 both SU and ATS in those contests.
The Thunder will be playing their first game since the All-Star Break on Thursday night, while Miami will get the second half of their season underway on Tuesday night when they play on the road against the Dallas Mavericks. Heading into the week the Heat are 37-14 SU and 24-27 ATS, while the Thunder are 43-12 SU and 32-23 ATS.
Miami and Oklahoma City will also play on Sunday this week, with the Heat hosting the Chicago Bulls and the Thunder getting a visit from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Heat are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games against the Bulls, while the Thunder are 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games against the Clippers.
Elsewhere on the NBA betting slate for the week ahead, the Pacers host the Hawks on Tuesday night and the Clippers get a visit from the Spurs, while Wednesday features Chicago at Toronto, San Antonio at Portland, and Houston at the Lakers. The other two Thursday matchups are Denver at Milwaukee and Houston at Golden State.
On Friday the Clippers will be on the road at Memphis, with San Antonio at Phoenix, and the Celtics taking on the Lakers at the Staples Center. Saturday has Brooklyn at Golden State, with the Nets then in Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Sunday.
The Nets and the Lakers last met back on November 27, with Los Angeles winning 99-94 as a 2-point road underdog on the NBA odds at the sportsbooks. Overall the Nets are 0-11 SU and 4-7 ATS in their last 11 games against the Lakers dating back to 2008, with nine of those games turning into UNDER results.