Game Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat

Dec. 25, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) and small forward Kevin Durant (35) react during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time this season, the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder will square off. At 7 p.m. eastern time, Kevin Durant and LeBron James, widely regarded as the two best players on earth, will make their case as to why they should be in the lead for the most valuable player award.

Thunder vs. Heat tickets

The Teams

A conceivable NBA Finals Preview. The number one team in the west. The number two team in the East. Even without Russell Westbrook, OKC is 9-1 in their last ten games, beating high level opponents such as Spurs, Rockets and Warriors.

The Miami Heat are 19-3 in home games, while Oklahoma City is 16-7 away from their building.

LeBron vs. KD

We aren’t watching tonight’s game to observe Kendrick Perkins horribly miss a shot. That is inevitable. We are watching Kevin Durant and LeBron James. Durant has been on a tear the last nine games; averaging 38.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists on 58.3% shooting. Most recently Durant torched the Atlanta Hawks with 41 points in a 111-109 win.

LeBron James, who is sort of coasting at the moment, is putting up ridiculous numbers himself. In his last ten games, James is putting up a “ho-hum” 28.1/7.1/6.1 stat-line on 55.4% shooting.

This’ll be fun.

Prediction

In the words of Charles Barkley, “I am not an expert.” But, I will pick the Miami Heat to win this one with a style of defense they played against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

OKC 97 Miami 103

 

Topics: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder

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