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(46-34) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat (43-37)
Date: Monday April 9
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: 0FF
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -1
NBA Betting Total: 210.5
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Both of these teams are in similar spots. They are bound for the playoffs but how they do over the final few games will impact where they finish in the standings and who they play in their opening round matchup.
These teams are a contrast. The Thunder are all about starpower while Miami is more an amagamation of interchangeable parts.
Oklahoma City Thunder
It has certainly been an interesting season in OKC. As we hit closing week I think they are where most expected. Not at the top of the West but at least a threat to the really good teams at the top of the standings.
Right now Russell Westbrook is averaging 9.8 assists and 10.1 rebounds per game. Another monster season for sure. I wonder if he knows what he needs to have anotehe triple double campaign…and he is running out of time.
Even if he is getting more selfish that still likely is the best way for this team to get the wins it needs to close out the regular season. He is the only constant on this team.
Even though he is used to being a lead dog Paul George seems o have settled into his place on this team. When he picks it up while Westbrook is resting or struggling this team is even tougher to beat. Sometimes he forces it though.
Carmelo Anthony is the king of forcing it. He has his moments but on most nights he is just a third option that you don’t have to give special attention to.
The Heat could win the Southeast Division with a strong close to the season but do those things even matter anymore. They are mostly just trying to keep guys fresh and find the right combinations on the floor for the playoffs.
Hassasn Whiteside is the biggest difference maker for the Heat. He missed a chunk of time but returned to the lineup a couple of weeks ago. Since then he has not played even 30 minutes as they manage him to be ready for the playoffs. When in the game he helps Miami big time on the boards and defneding the rim.
Miami is a good defensive team and it suits them to use their bench to close the season because they have been using their depth all season long. When they rest their guys they are not losing all that much compared to other teams.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-0 in Thunder last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Under is 4-0 in Thunder last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Under is 6-0 in Thunder last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Heat last 4 Monday games.
- Under is 7-0 in Heat last 7 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Under is 6-1 in Heat last 7 games playing on 2 days rest.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Miami has more depth but less to play for. Given thier experience at coach I think he is going to have his priorities in order.
There is still a chance that OKC misses the playoffs altogether. I think they might only need one more victory so they should be more into this one.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder -1
The Thunder have more at stake and are the better team. Miami is not playing meaningless ball but there is not as much urgency so they could coast or back down.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Thunder 105 – Heat 100
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