Tonight’s matchup: Heat looking to hang onto No. 6 seed in East; Thunder looking to clinch playoff spot

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, center, is fouled by Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 23, 2018. Miami forward James Johnson is at right. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


When: Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun/WAXY 790AM, WRTO 98.3 FM (Spanish)

Records: Miami 43-37, OKC 46-34

Line: OKC favored by 2.5 points.



F: James Johnson

F: Josh Richardson

C: Hassan Whiteside

G: Tyler Johnson

G: Goran Dragic


F: Paul George

F: Carmelo Anthony

C: Steven Adams

G: Corey Brewer

G: Russell Westbrook

Scouting report: With the playoffs starting this weekend, the Heat still could finish sixth, seventh or eighth in the East. Miami controls its destiny for the No. 6 seed. The Heat are tied with Milwaukee and one game ahead of No. 8 Washington and has the tiebreaker on both teams. By beating OKC, Miami at least assures it can finish no lower than No. 7. … Miami has won 12-of-13 at home. … The Thunder are tied with San Antonio for the sixth best record in the West but are seventh because of the tiebreaker. They can clinch a playoff spot in the crowded West with one win in their final two games. … Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 10.1 assists. … The Thunder defeated the Heat, 105-99, March 23 in OKC. The Thunder scored 41 points in the fourth quarter. … James Johnson tallied 23 points for the Heat. Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for OKC. … The Thunder has lost 4 of 6 since that win over the Heat. … OKC is 20-20 on the road.

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