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NBA Lines Pick – Oklahoma City Thunder visit Miami Heat

Posted by Brett Nielson on 3/16/2011 9:17:30 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder will head to South Beach this NBA lines Wednesday to face off with the Miami Heat.

(43-23) Oklahoma City Thunder at (46-21) Miami Heat
Live from AmericanAirlines Arena – FL
Tipoff: 8:00 PM EST Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Broadcast: ESPN

NBA Lines
Miami Heat -7
Oklahoma City Thunder +7
Total 202.5

The Miami Heat have a huge opportunity this NBA lines Wednesday to regain their confidence if they can pull out a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Heat have really pulled the rabbit out of the hat this entire week by overcoming a season-high five straight losses.

Miami’s NBA lines losing streak began on Sunday, February 27 when they lost to the New York Knicks.

Their following four matches were extremely important, but proved to be much less than satisfying, as they lost to contending teams like the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls. They were even handed a season-high 30-point deficit loss by the Western Conference’s first seed, the San Antonio Spurs.

Luckily enough, the Heat were able to get back on their feet on Thursday, March 10 and defeat the Los Angeles Lakers at home in American Airlines Arena.

It turned out that Miami had bounced back in a big way after they followed their NBA lines victory over the Lakers with another two over the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs.

The Heat actually returned the favor against the Spurs by handing them a 30-point loss of their own.

Miami’s power forward Chris Bosh was definitely the shining star of that NBA lines game, putting up 30 points and recording 12 rebounds.

Bosh, who didn’t perform $14.5 million worth during the Heat’s losing streak, was the first one to criticize his level of play.

After the Heat’s fifth straight loss, Bosh told the press he disapproved of his role offensively.

“I just have to get it where I’m effective. I’m a big man. I can shoot the ball but I’m a big man,” he said. “[I’m] effective down in the low post area, so that is where I need to star getting the ball.”

Since declaring his role, the 6’9”, 7-year-pro has been shooting 61 percent from the field, and half of his points have been scored from the paint.

If Bosh can maintain his stellar level of performance this NBA lines Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder (who rank 20th overall in defense), there is no doubt that Miami will end their six-game NBA lines home stretch with another big win.

Brett’s Prediction: Miami Heat: 107, Oklahoma City Thunder: 100

Nielson Notice: Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh has only reached the 30-point mark twice this season.

NBA Lines Pick: Miami Heat (-7)

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