Larry Ness' 10* TV Game of Month (21-6 TY in NBA): Larry "did it again" last night, winning yet another 10* Game of the Month play, as his East Conf Total of the Month (Tor/Chi Over) ended 102-101 in OT but the game was 'over' during regulation at 94-all. He’s now a SPECTACULAR 21-6 (78%) with 10* G.O.M. plays TY & tonight you can WATCH & WIN with Larry's 10* TV Game of the Month!
Game: Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder Mar 25 2012 8:05PM
Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: My 10* TV Game of the Month is on the OKC Thunder at 8:05 ET.
This is clearly a potential NBA Finals preview but my gut says this game is more important to the Thunder than it is to the Heat and I’m going with that! The road dog won both meetings last season. but I’m backing the home team in the first meeting of these two powers in this lockout-shortened season (teams will play in Miami on April 4). The Thunder are 36-12, the best record in the West while the Heat come in 35-11, three games behind the 40-10 Bulls. The Thunder ended a zig-zag pattern of alternating wins and losses in nine straight games prior to beating the T-wolves 149-140 in double OT on Friday (just 4-6 ATS their last 10). Meanwhile, Miami is not particularly in top form as of late either, going 4-6 ATS its last 10 as well. The Heat continue to be minus sharpshooter Mike Miller (49.3% on threes) and both LBJ (27.0-8.4-6.7) and Anthony (a starter but averaging only 3.2-4.2) are bothered by an elbow and ankle, respectively (both will play). Wade (22.9-4.9-4.8) and Bosh (18.2-7.8) complete Miami's “Big Three,” to lead a team averaging 101.5 PPG on 48.1% shooting (1st), including 38.1% on threes (4th). Derek Fisher is now part of this Thunder team but how much will that really mean? Okla City averages 103.6 PPG (2nd), on 47.5% shooting (2nd) and is the league’s best FT-shooting team at 79.7%. Durant (27.9-8.1) and Ibaka (8.8-7.8-3.3 BPG) start up front with Perkins (4.5-6.2). Westbrook (24.3-4.5-5.4) and Sefolosha (5.0) start in the backcourt with Harden (17.1-4.2-3.7) now established as the league's top sixth-man. In OKC’s double-OT win vs the T-wolves, its “Big Three” had 40 points (Durant also had 17 rebounds), 45 points (Westbrook) and 25 (Harden). The Thunder are 21-4 SU at home, outscoring opponents on average, 107.7-to-97.6 PPG. It’s rare one gets them at this kind of price at home and I’m ‘biting!’ Oklahoma City is facing an important stretch of games as it tries to maintain its top spot (No. 1 seed) in the West. The Thunder will visit the Los Angeles Lakers, the No. 3 team in the West, on Thursday then host Chicago and Memphis before heading to Miami and Indiana. This game opens that stretch and while the Thunder were just 5-5 SU before back-to-back wins over the Clippers and T-wolves ,they have averaged 112.1 PPG on 50.5 percent shooting over their last eight games. I’m betting that’s too much ‘firepower’ for the Heat!