No team has beat the Oklahoma City Thunder twice this season and the Miami Heat could become the first if they go on the road and pick up a victory tonight. The Thunder have lost just three times at home all season but are fresh off a blowout loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday Night.
The Heat are the Eastern Conference leaders with a 35-14 record as they have won eight of their last 10 games. Trailing the San Antonio Spurs by just two games the Thunder are knocking on the door of the NBA‘s best record with an impressive 39-13 mark.
Most of the turmoil surrounding the Thunder has involved Russell Westbrook who has been volatile of late stomping off the court mid game and disrespecting reporters post game within the last few weeks. The last time these two matched up in South Beach Westbrook was dreadful shooting 26% from the field and turning the ball over five times. I believe he harnesses the home crowd as he is considerably better at Chesapeake Energy Arena shooting 48% and turning the ball over just 76 times as opposed to the 107 on the road.
LeBron James could easily foil my prediction with another 80% shooting night, but I feel his uncanny stretch of games will come to a halt tonight. The Thunder are just too talented on the defensive end and are still bitter over that nail-biting loss on Christmas Day.
Kevin Durant is just 2-8 versus James in his career which can’t be good news for Thunder fans.
The line on this game is hovering around five points with the Thunder being favorites, however I think they shatter that with a 13-point victory over the Heat.