Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #71 Preview | Miami Heat

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @TheThunderGuys for live-tweets during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered their worst loss of the season on Saturday at home against the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant was out with an ankle injury, but that did not keep the Warriors offense from clicking in every way. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook had one of his worst shooting lines of the season (2-for-16 from the floor, 0-for-7 from three), and he managed to pick up his 16th technical foul of the year, resulting in a suspension for tonight’s game.

Tonight, the Thunder hosts the Miami Heat, who are fighting for a playoff spot in the East. Despite holding a losing record of 33-36, the Heat currently hold the 8th spot in the East.

Oklahoma City came out with an easy 16-point win against the Heat when they played on February 1st, and the Thunder needs a win tonight to keep alive home-court chances in the first round of the playoffs.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Dennis Schröder
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Steven Adams

Heat

  • PG: Dion Waiters
  • SG: Justise Winslow
  • SF: Josh Richardson
  • PF: Kelly Olynyk
  • C: Bam Adebayo

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.
  • Russell Westbrook (suspension) is OUT.

Heat

  • NONE

Head to Head

  • In 10 seasons in Oklahoma City, the Thunder is 13-8 against the Heat (7-4 at home, 6-4 on the road).
  • In 10 seasons in Oklahoma City, the Thunder has won the season series 3 times, lost it twice, and tied 4 times.
  • The Thunder went 2-0 against the Heat last season (1-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 1-0 against the Heat this season (0-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won 8 of the last 9 matchups with the Heat, including the last 4 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has lost two games in a row while the Heat defeated the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.
  • The Thunder is 4-6 in the last 10 games while the Heat is 7-3 in the last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 23-10 at home while Miami is 16-16 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 17-7 against the Eastern Conference while Miami is 13-13 against the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder is 24-17 after one day of rest while the Heat is 4-5 in the second game of a back-to-back.
  • The Thunder is 8-1 (6-0 at home, 2-1 on the road) on Mondays while the Heat is 2-6 (1-3 at home, 1-3 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 4-5 (2-1 at home, 2-4 on the road) in March while the Heat is 6-2 (5-2 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 5-8 (3-3 at home, 2-5 on the road) since the All-Star Break while the Heat is 7-6 (6-4 at home, 1-1 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Miami Heat Official Game Notes

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