We’re about to find out what the Thunder (42-28, 23-10 home) are made of on Monday, March 18 when they play host to the Heat (33-36, 16-16 away) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST.
Oklahoma City has dropped six of its last ten games and has been plagued by a laundry list of issues. The Thunder have the Association’s 16th-ranked offensive rating and fourth-ranked defensive rating. They’re averaging 114.6 points per game on 43.0% shooting and are giving up 110.8 points per game. Oklahoma City is 16th in field goals allowed and 13th in three-pointers surrendered.
They’ll be tested from start to finish as they face Miami. The Heat have won seven of their last ten games and are eighth in the Eastern Conference. Miami is averaging 105.8 points and the Heat are eighth in rebounds and 17th in assists. They’ve been paced this season by Josh Richardson, who is averaging 16.9 points per contest on 40.0% shooting.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on February 2nd, 2019, Oklahoma City won 118-102 behind 43 points from Paul George.
The Thunder are fresh off of a 110-88 loss vs the Warriors in Golden State in which they dished out 18 dimes and pulled down 64 rebounds. The Heat, meanwhile, are fresh off a 93-75 win against the Hornets in Miami in which they shot 13-33 from downtown. Goran Dragic led the team with 19 points.
The Thunder are 4.5-point favorites, with a projected game total of 213. That’s a generous point spread, so proceed with caution if you’re thinking of wagering on the Thunder. Bear in mind that Miami is 37-32-0 against the spread this season and 35-34-0 over/under. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, is 36-34-0 ATS and 33-37-0 over/under.