ESPN NBA Odds - OKC Thunder vs Miami Heat Predictions
Oklahoma City fans have been waiting for this day for months; this will be the first time Miami will visit Chesapeake Energy Arena since they stole game two of the 2012 NBA Finals. Heat and Thunder clash in a HUGE one, this Thursday at 8 PM ET.
These are two heavyweight fighters meeting in a ring in what statistically is an insignificant game, but in the end no one wants to lose. The worst part for OKC fans is that Miami goes on the road probably in their best shape of the season and could be favorites in the ESPN NBA Odds.
Miami is on a six game winning streak where the star of the show has been Lebron James the entire time. King James scored 30 points and averaged 60% from the field for the sixth match in a row; something that has not been done in the entire NBA history.
The Thunder knows what to expect with the Heat and Lebron, and we would probably be saying how unbelievable their streak is if they hadn’t lost to Utah on Tuesday. Before that loss against the Jazz, OKC had four wins straight; all of them with at least 20 points difference.
Kevin Durant had 33 points in the defeat against the Jazz, but what cost OKC were the 20 turnovers they committed on Tuesday night; they couldn’t find any rhythm and their style at any moment.
The last time these two teams met was back on December 25th in a 103-97 thriller win by the Heat at the American Airlines Arena. LeBron James and Kevin Durant exchanged some nasty words, and five technical fouls were called; these teams don’t like each other.
The game on Thursday is so big for OKC thinking about the future that you might be looking at a playoff vibe. The Thunder needs to prove to themselves they can beat this team because right now it seems like they can compete, but can’t finish the deal.
Miami is 7-3 straight up and against the spread when they take on Oklahoma City.
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