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2020 NBA Handicapping (Orlando Restart)
(44-27) Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (43-27)
Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – VISA Athletic Center | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Heat +4 | Thunder -4
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder meet for the second time this season and both squads have a vested interest in winning as playoff seeding will be determined in these final games.
In the clubs one meeting this season on January 17th, the Heat won 115-108. Last year the clubs split their two-game season series.
After suffering three losses in four games the Miami Heat got back Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic with both making an impact in the Heat’s win over the Pacers.
Kendrick Nunn had left the bubble to address personal issues but returned and was quarantining. Nunn could potentially return for this contest.
Butler delivered a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds while holding Pacers’ star T.J. Warren at bay particularly in the second half when Warren was held scoreless.
Dragic started and came one assist shy of his own double-double (11 points, nine assists).
Derrick Jones Jr. (18), Tyler Herro (17), Duncan Robinson (14), Jae Crowder (14), and Bam Adebayo (10) were the other double-figure scorers.
Oklahoma City Thunder
After missing both centers in their win over the Grizzlies the Thunder weren’t able to sustain that effort in the second game of a back-to-back versus the Suns.
Joining Steven Adams (leg), Nerlens Noel (ankle), and Dennis Schroder (personal) as players who sat out the previous game were Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (calf) and Danilo Gallinari (ankle).
Chris Paul and Lugentz Dort were the only starters to play as OKC was missing five of their top seven players. Despite the blow-out loss rookie Darius Bazley stepped up to deliver his first back-to-back 20 plus point games.
He joined James Harden and Russell Westbrook as the only other rookie to accomplish that feat.
OKC is in a dog fight with the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets to determine who’ll end up in the fourth, fifth and sixth seeds. Notably, the Thunder holds the tiebreakers against both clubs.
Although Schroder is back in the bubble after welcoming his baby girl he is quarantining and each of Adams, Noel, Gilgeous-Alexander, and Gallinari are questionable to play Wednesday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- MIA are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- Over is 12-5-1 in MIA last 18 overall.
- Favorite is 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
- Under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
Free Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Both teams are 3-3 in their bubble seeding games. The Thunder are limping into the playoffs but want to stay out of the sixth seed as that would mean likely facing the Nuggets a team they do not match up well against.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat +4
The Heat has more wiggle room having already beat the Pacers Monday and while the 76ers are still in the mix they aren’t likely to move up.
Still, the Heat aren’t a team who’ll just mail in their effort so much will depend on who dresses for OKC. If the core plays and they can get into clutch time I like OKC to win.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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