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2021 NBA Handicapping
(13-17) Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (12-18)
Date: Monday, February 22nd
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -5
NBA Betting Total: 212.5
Monday, February 22nd the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder play for the second time this season. Miami won the initial meeting 118-90.
The Thunder holds the all-time record between the squads with 40 victories in 65 meetings. Last season these clubs played twice splitting the games.
This is the final game of the Heat seven-game road trip. They’ve won two in a row (Kings, Lakers).
Miami didn’t have Bam Adebayo for portions of the NBA Finals and got to show the Lakers how difficult it is to win without a dynamic duo.
Butler produced a typical all-around effort with 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Bam Adebayo (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Duncan Robinson (11 points, 10 rebounds) each registered double-double efforts.
Kendrick Nunn was the top Heat scorer (27 points) but the Heat reserves struggled, losing the bench battle 14-25 to the Lakers.
Chris Silva (hip) and Goran Dragic (ankle) are both day-to-day) Avery Bradley has a calf injury that will keep him out until month-end. Meyers Leonard underwent season-ending surgery.
Oklahoma City Thunder
One of the many positives of this young Thunder squad is their ability to win on the road. That early prowess got tested over the last two weeks as OKC played five of seven games on the road and lost all five.
Granted, they’d pushed the Lakers to consecutive overtime games and lost by two points in Denver while shorthanded.
The last seven opponents featured six playoff seeds and the ninth-seeded Grizzlies. So getting to play the Cavaliers in Cleveland was a welcome opportunity to face a club more aligned in talent.
In fact, as I noted in the preview it offered the Thunder a shot of breaking loose offensively. That’s precisely what they did producing 117 points while limiting Cleveland to 101 and extending the Cavaliers’ losing streak to 10 games.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points (and nine assists) on a highly efficient 9 of 15 field goals, 3 of 3 from deep, and 10 of 12 from the line. He’s giving NBA coaches fodder for his inclusion as an All-Star reserve and his efficiency is bolstering that case.
Al Horford registered 16 points and eight rebounds. Hamidou Diallo (15), Theo Maledon (14), Mike Muscala (13), and Luguentz Dort (10) were the other double-figure scorers.
George Hill (thumb) is out until March.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Thunder are 7-3 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Thunder are 6-3-1 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
OKC has rested Horford in second games of back-to-back sets which gives Adebayo the advantage since he’ll face Darius Bazley and Isaiah Roby.
Rebounding could play a big role in this match as the Heat ranks last in the association on the offensive glass while OKC is 29th but fares much better on the defensive glass (ranking third).
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder +5
Although Miami has the rest advantage they’ll need their bench to make a difference and will be facing a Thunder reserve unit who just outscored the Cavs 42-9. I’ll take Miami, but OKC to keep it close.
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