Can the Miami Heat stand the rain in Oklahoma against Thunder?

James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat handles the ball (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat handles the ball (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat will travel to Oklahoma City to play a sandwich game betwixt two Spurs matchups. Will the Heat be able to succeed in the Sooner State?

The Miami Heat will head to the Sooner State on Friday night to see if they can get a much-needed road win. Having this game sandwiched between dual contests with the San Antonio Spurs justs makes it that much more daunting of a task and especially considering the factor that Coach Spo pointed out in recent weeks, this team is “mediocre” on the road.

With their last game being against San Antonio and their following game being against San Antonio in San Antonio on Sunday, this game right here could be the pendulum between starting a positive trend and starting over at square one. With what we saw the other night, the Miami Heat are capable of beating the Spurs anywhere, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are a tougher test than meets the eye.

After the Russell Westbrook deal was made over the summer, many thought that the next domino to fall would the moving of Chris Paul by the Thunder. While that now appears to have been further from the truth than anything, the Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the surprise teams of the year, being led by CP3 and second-year guy, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Danillo Gallinari has seen his name pop up in trade talks recently, so that only serves to motivate him to be his best self, while you can never forget about the big man in the middle with Steven Adams. This will not be an easy game at all for the Miami Heat, but they do have what it takes to possibly pull it out.

The Thunder are favored by the betters here, but that just makes the potential victory that much sweeter. Here is everything else you need to know about this game.

Miami Heat gambling & odds vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Gambling odds and information courtesy of The Action Network

How To Watch/Listen

Date: Friday, January 17, 2019

Time: 8:00 PM EST

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

TV: Fox Sports Sun (locally),

Radio: WAXY 790 AM WAQI 710 AM

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Starting Lineups

Miami Heat

PG- Kendrick Nunn

SG- Jimmy Butler

SF- Duncan Robinson

PF- Bam Adebayo

C- Meyers Leonard

Oklahoma City Thunder

PG- Chris Paul

SG- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

SF- Terrance Ferguson

PF- Danilo Gallinari

C- Steven Adams