In a potential NBA Finals preview, the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat are visiting the Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder, who have won nine straight at home and come in after a week of rest after winning three straight heading into the All-Star break.
Though the Heat are just 6-6 in this series since the Thunder relocated from Seattle, they will always have a mental edge on Oklahoma City because they won their first championship with the current makeup of the teams in 2012 against Kevin Durant and company. That's huge in the NBA for those looking to bet on NBA games.
Confidence tends to prevail in the NBA, and because the Thunder shredded Miami in the last meeting, they'll have plenty of backbone for this one, on their own court. OKC has the best record in the league and will be out to establish its overall presence with a season sweep of the champs.
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As much as it makes sense to pull the trigger on the home team, the right side of this game is the road dog, as the Miami Heat are 16-4 against Western Conference teams and are treating this season-long, six-game junket as a indicator to where they're at right now.
Miami has won four of the first five on its west coast tour, including a win over the L.A. Clippers. Now, with plenty of rest, and a clash of the league's best players, look for LeBron James and the Heat to prevail here.
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