Miami Heat (44-27) will face Oklahoma City Thunder (43-27) in Game 3 tonight. Here we look at the Match Preview and TV Schedule for the match up.
Eight teams will take the court tonight for their second last seeding game. The final two days will see all 22 sides playing their last seeding game in Orlando, eliminating six teams.
The match has great importance for both the teams as it can sort the playoffs positioning in both the Conferences. The Heat will look to seal the 4th spot in the East, whereas Thunder will look for a one-game cushion from Jazz and Mavericks in the West.
The Heat are 4-2 in the bubble, and Thunder has three wins and three defeats in Orlando. As both teams have locked a berth for the playoff, the teams may go easy in this game, however a higher seed a different route for the Sixers might force them to go full strength.
Where to watch Heat vs Thunder on TV and Online?
The game is scheduled at 8:00 PM (ET) and can be watched on the following platforms:
- NBA TV (Accessed through NBA League Pass)
- Fox Sports Oklahoma
- Fox Sports Sun
- NBA TV Canada
Back at it tonight. ⚡
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) August 12, 2020
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Heat vs Thunder Preview
The Heat has already locked on 4th/5th seed in the East, today’s match result won’t matter to them. They will test their bench strength to rest their regular starters. The side has no injuries and will go in the playoffs with all players healthy and fit.
OKC Thunder lost to ‘7-0 Suns’ 101-128 in the previous game, Heat has the winning momentum behind them as they buried Pacers 114-92 yesterday.
Jimmy Butler is picking up his form in Orlando. In three games, the big man has scored a total of 57 points, 22 rebounds, and 17 assists. His role will be crucial in the playoffs games, with Adebayo offering great support to him.
Thunder have performed below their standards in the Bubble. Chris Paul has powered the team to the three wins, but if they wish to go deep into the playoffs, they’ll need to be much more effective on the offensive front. Shai Gilgeous Alexander has shown glimpses of his brilliance, but hasn’t been able to provide that consistency that is very much needed at this end of the season.
The game is hard to predict, but we can put our money on Heat as they have the winning momentum behind them.
The probable lineup for Thunder
The probable lineup for Heat
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