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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder

February 23

02:00

94 : 108

Miami Heat

Oklahoma City Thunder

Miami Heat

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Prediction

Kendrick Nunn had an efficient showing as Miami were 96-94 winners against the defending champion LA Lakers in the early hours on Sunday. Bam Adebayo produced a double-double (16 pts, 10 rebounds) alongside a team-high six assists, while Jimmy Butler had 24 points too. 

Although the Lakers were without All-Star big man Anthony Davis (calf strain), it was nonetheless a morale-boosting win for Erik Spoelstra's men, who have injuries of their own to deal with. 

Can they make it three in a row away in Oklahoma next, as their cross-conference games continue on this occasion against a Thunder team who were comfortable winners overnight? Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Preview

Although the Heat scored just 15 points in the fourth quarter, they held LA to 17 and hung on when Alex Caruso missed a long jumper at the buzzer. Nunn, who played a pivotal role despite not always being the first-choice option in Miami's backcourt, said their confidence is growing.

"You can tell that the chemistry is building, we've been together for a week and a half, it just gives us more of a feel for each other.

We're moving in the right direction now, dropped a couple early but starting to give ourselves the best chance at the end of the game."

Post-game, head coach Erik Spoelstra focused positively despite their injury issues - it's allowed them to grow accustomed to missing players, adding an edge they may have previously lacked. 

"We're used to it, every game there's going to be something - this is developing a level of toughness in our group."

Avery Bradley (calf) and Chris Silva (hip) are both listed as out, while backcourt duo Goran Dragic (ankle) and Tyler Herro (hip pointer) are listed as day-to-day on the latest injury report.

Herro produced five points, four rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes off the bench away in Los Angeles, while Dragic again could only watch Miami's latest road win from the sidelines.

The 34-year-old veteran is averaging 14.4 points, 5.3 assists and 45.6 FG% in 26.5 minutes per contest this term after a heartbreaking end to the previous campaign, having missed their NBA Finals defeat in the Orlando bubble through a torn left plantar fascia injury. 

As for the Thunder, they're missing two players - George Hill (thumb) and Trevor Ariza (personal) while presumably feeling the effects after a 117-101 road win in Cleveland overnight.

Powered by All-Star hopeful PG Shai Gilgeous- Alexander, OKC handed the Cavaliers their 10th consecutive loss - 31 points (3-of-3 3 PM) and nine assists, while Hamidou Diallo and Mike Muscala started with impactful contributions off the bench. Can they pick up where they left off? 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Betting Tips

Perhaps with OKC's road win in Cleveland taken into account, ESPN is comfortably backing a Miami win here (70.3%) between two teams with similar records under .500.

With a few more games before next month's All-Star break, the Heat will look to finish strong after a sluggish start to the regular season has slowly but surely been improved upon - just look at the Jimmy Butler post-game interview last time out as a reference of their quiet confidence brewing.

Expert's prediction

Match prediction: Miami Heat to win

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Last matches

Oklahoma City Thunder

05-03-2021

102 - 107 San Antonio Spurs

W
04-03-2021

87 - 78 Dallas Mavericks

L
28-02-2021

96 - 126 Denver Nuggets

L
27-02-2021

118 - 109 Atlanta Hawks

W
25-02-2021

102 - 99 San Antonio Spurs

W
23-02-2021

94 - 108 Miami Heat

L
22-02-2021

101 - 117 Cleveland Cavaliers

W
20-02-2021

98 - 85 Milwaukee Bucks

L
18-02-2021

122 - 113 Memphis Grizzlies

L
17-02-2021

104 - 115 Portland Trail Blazers

L

Miami Heat

W

93 - 103 New Orleans Pelicans

05-03-2021
L

80 - 94 Atlanta Hawks

03-03-2021
W

109 - 99 Atlanta Hawks

01-03-2021
W

124 - 116 Utah Jazz

27-02-2021
W

116 - 108 Toronto Raptors

25-02-2021
W

94 - 108 Oklahoma City Thunder

23-02-2021
W

94 - 96 LA Lakers

21-02-2021
W

110 - 118 Sacramento Kings

19-02-2021
L

120 - 112 Golden State Warriors

18-02-2021
L

125 - 118 LA Clippers

16-02-2021
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Head to Head (H2H)
23-02-2021

Oklahoma City Thunder

94
108

Miami Heat

05-01-2021

Miami Heat

118
90

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder
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Miami Heat
Predicted Lineup

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Darius Bazley

Theo Maledon

Al Horford

Luguentz Dort

Duncan Robinson

Kelly Olynyk

Kendrick Nunn

Bam Adebayo

Jimmy Butler

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107-102 vs San Antonio Spurs (A)

W

78-87 vs Dallas Mavericks (A)

L

96-126 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

L

118-109 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

102-99 vs San Antonio Spurs (H)

W

94-108 vs Miami Heat (H)

L

117-101 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

W

85-98 vs Milwaukee Bucks (A)

L

113-122 vs Memphis Grizzlies (A)

L

104-115 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

L
W

103-93 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

L

80-94 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

109-99 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

124-116 vs Utah Jazz (H)

W

116-108 vs Toronto Raptors (H)

W

108-94 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

W

96-94 vs LA Lakers (A)

W

118-110 vs Sacramento Kings (A)

L

112-120 vs Golden State Warriors (A)

L

118-125 vs LA Clippers (A)

96-126 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

L

118-109 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

102-99 vs San Antonio Spurs (H)

W

94-108 vs Miami Heat (H)

L

104-115 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

L
L

80-94 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

109-99 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

124-116 vs Utah Jazz (H)

W

116-108 vs Toronto Raptors (H)

107-102 vs San Antonio Spurs (A)

W

78-87 vs Dallas Mavericks (A)

L

117-101 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

W

85-98 vs Milwaukee Bucks (A)

L

113-122 vs Memphis Grizzlies (A)

L
W

103-93 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

W

108-94 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

W

96-94 vs LA Lakers (A)

W

118-110 vs Sacramento Kings (A)

L

112-120 vs Golden State Warriors (A)

L

118-125 vs LA Clippers (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
22.02.2021

Freelance sports editor and writer. Featured on the Sunday Times, MailOnline and more.

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