Oklahoma City Thunder (24-11) at Miami Heat (21-15)
Game Info: Wednesday, January 10th, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. EST (Kaseya Center)
Betting Odds: Thunder -4.5 (-110) - Over/Under (234.5)
Pick: Thunder -4.5 (-110)
Two of the toughest teams in the league will face off here on Wednesday night in Miami as Oklahoma City hits the road to Florida to play the Heat in this inter-conference matchup. Both of these teams come into this game with aspirations of making the playoffs this season and both of them are off to a quality start to the regular season as well. They will look to further add to their quality start to the season by picking up another victory here on Wednesday night against each other as they will meet for the first of two times here in this one on Wednesday night in Miami. Both Miami and Oklahoma City currently occupied playoff positions in their respective conferences and they will look to move further up the standings with another solid victory here in this game.
Oklahoma City is off to a quality start this season and that is thanks and part of the play of their point guard Shai Gilgeous Alexander. He has been incredible throughout the early part of the year, putting up solid individual numbers, and he is one of the leading scorers in the NBA as we near the halfway point of the regular season. As he consistently puts up 30 or more points per game throughout the early part of the regular season, and now he will look to replicate those performances throughout this game on Wednesday night on the road against the Miami Heat.
Oklahoma City comes into this game with 24 victories to their first 35 games of the regular season and they will look for their 25th victory of the year here and this one on Wednesday night on the road. They will need Alexander to step up in a big way if they want to get the job done against a Miami Heat team that likely won’t have Jimmy Butler in this contest, which should make Oklahoma City the favorites here in this one. However, they will still need a consistent performance from Alexander and they will have to find a way to shut down the Miami Heat top players that are on the court for this game if they want to leave Miami with a much-needed and hard earned victory.
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The Miami Heat have put together a quality start to the regular season as they come into this game six games above the .500 mark through their first 36 games of the year. They will look to pick up victory number 22 here on Wednesday night at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, they will need to do it without Jimmy Butler in the lineup as he is set to miss this game as he is still rehabbing from an injury. Miami has been a very tough team at home throughout the early part of the regular season however, the absence of Jimmy Butler may be too much for them to overcome against the quality Oklahoma City team here in this one on Wednesday night.
Bam Adebayo will have to put up one of the best games of his season so far as he looks to lead them to a victory over Oklahoma City here in this game on Wednesday night at home. As Miami looks to remain in the top part of the Eastern conference standings as we quickly approach the halfway point of the regular season. This will be the sixth consecutive game. Miami has played against the Western Conference and so far they have been averaged against them this season. That is something they will look to change throughout this game on Wednesday night against Oklahoma City as they look to grab their third win in their last four games here on Wednesday at home.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- OKC is 16-5 as a favorite
- OKC is 10-6 on the road
- Miami is 6-10 as an underdog
I expect this to be a solid back-and-forth clash between these two quality teams here on Wednesday night in the sunshine state. But in the end I look for the Oklahoma City Thunder to pick up the victory over the Miami Heat as I look for Miami to be unable to overcome the absence of Jimmy Butler here in this one. I look for Oklahoma City to take advantage of that absence and pick up a much-needed victory and I expect SGA to put up a quality performance throughout this game on Wednesday night as well without one of the best defenders in the league on the court.
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