NBA Key Match-up Preview And Odds: Thunder vs. Heat

Published March 18, 2019 by Sol FH

NBA Key Match-up Preview And Odds: Thunder vs. Heat

The NBA regular season is almost out, will the Thunder be able to stay afloat with Westbrook's antics? Find out tonight as the Heat take on the Thunder at 00:00 GMT.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in a really good position to move into fourth place in the Western Conference, but their star player - Russell Westbrook cannot seem to cool his jets on the court. On Saturday Night, Westbrook was clearly upset during the first half of the game against the Golden State Warriors and was given his 16th technical foul of the season. This led to a one-game suspension and Westbrook will not be on the court against the Heat. 

The Thunder are currently in fifth place in the West and are just a half a game back of the Portland Trailblazers, but as the push for the playoffs rolls on the Thunder cannot go the distance without its best asset on the court. Some would argue that Westbrook has become a dangerous player to have on the team due to his hostile, albeit passionate nature on the court. 

The Miami Heat are in 8th place in the East, and they could make the jump to fifth place in the conference before the playoffs hit. It would be a long shot, but they played well against the Pistons last Thursday before losing a close one to the Bucks over the weekend, and a win against the Hornets on Saturday night. The Heat are warming up, but it could be too little too late with the playoffs coming. After tonight's game, there are twelve games left to make their moves. 

NBA Betting Odds and Prediction

With Westbrook out of action tonight, the Heat have an advantage over the Thunder. bet365 Sports still has the Thunder as favorites tonight but perhaps have overlooked the fact that there was a suspension. Punters will be able to get odds on the Thunder at 1.52 for an outright win, while the Heat is back at 2.67. There is a good chance that the Heat will win this one and an equally good chance to profit from "M.r Triple Double himself."

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