Much like their only other game this week, the Heat face a potentially dangerous lottery-bound opponent with nothing to lose, because they’ve already lost so many games this season. The Thunder are on a current seven-game losing streak, having recently suffered a 122-120 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on a buzzer-beater courtesy of Lonnie Walker. Already missing several players, leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is questionable tonight with an ankle issue. He’s averaging 24.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.9 assists this season — and has upped his averages recently to 30.6 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 53.5% from the field over the past 10 games.
Miami could also be shorthanded tonight, and quite frankly some players like Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin could use some extra rest against a hobbled opponent that has gone 11-23 on the road. Reserves such as Max Strus and Gabe Vincent can comfortably play big minutes, while veterans Victor Oladipo and Markieff Morris need the extra time on the court to get back in NBA shape ahead of the playoffs.
The two teams meet for the second time this season, with Miami emerging victorious 103-90 on Nov. 16. Tyler Herro had a game-high 26 points while Luguentz Dort (who has since been lost for the season with a shoulder injury) led the Thunder with 20 points.
Second Round Schedule
- Javonte Smart: out (two-way)
- Kyle Guy: out (two-way)
- Caleb Martin: questionable (knee)
- Jimmy Butler: questionable (ankle)
- PJ Tucker: questionable (left knee irritation)
- Josh Giddey: out (hip)
- Ty Jerome: out for season (hip)
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: day to day (ankle)
- Kenrich Williams: out (knee)
- Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: out (foot)
- Derrick Favors: out (back)
- Mike Muscala: out for season (ankle)
- Luguentz Dort: out for season (shoulder)
- Heat -14.5
- O/U: 220
- Money line: Heat -1500, Thunder +850
|Tyrese Maxey||PG||Gabe Vincent|
|James Harden||SG||Max Strus|
|Danny Green||SF||Jimmy Butler|
|Tobias Harris||PF||PJ Tucker|
|Joel Embiid||C||Bam Adebayo|
TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)
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