The Miami Heat begin their quest for a NBA Championship tonight, Tuesday June 12th, in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. The teams split a pair of regular-season meetings, with the home team prevailing each time. NBA oddsmakers have the Thunder as -5 point home favorites over the Heat with the over/under set at 196 points. Be sure to check the Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Finals Game 1 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
Miami (12-6, 4-4 V) is playing in its second straight Finals and is led by mega-star LeBron James, who willed his team to victory with sensational performances in Games 6 and 7 against the Celtics. James scored 76 points and hauled in 27 rebounds over the final two games of the series after Miami found itself on the verge of a shocking upset at the hands of the Celtics. James will be accompanied by fellow star Dwyane Wade and a suddenly healthy Chris Bosh, whose low-post presence will make life difficult for the Thunder front court combo of Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Miami’s big weakness is its reserve corps, which will be in tough to match the productivity of its Oklahoma City counterpart.
“You know, third time in the finals in nine years, there’s a lot of guys who don’t get there once,” Wade said. “Of course, that right there in itself is an honour. But you want to win one. You want to get there and win one. Obviously, LeBron wants to win a championship. I can’t say that he wants to win more than the next man, than anybody on OKC. I can’t say that. But obviously he wants to win and get another opportunity. I’m sure he will try to seize it a little bit better than he did the first two times.”
OKC (12-3, 8-0 H) were celebrating after reeling off four straight wins over a shell-shocked Spurs squad. Three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant and electric point guard Russell Westbrook lead the way for Oklahoma City, while star sixth man James Harden provides instant scoring off the bench. Add in a reliable post presence in Perkins and one of the league’s elite shot blockers in Ibaka, and it’s clear the Thunder are full value for their first NBA finals appearance since relocating from Seattle.
“Everybody is going to make the most out of the matchup of me versus LeBron, but it’s the Thunder versus the Heat,” Durant said. “One guy versus another guy, it’s not going to be a 1-on-1 matchup to win the series, it’s going to be all about the team.”
“Kevin is locked in on what he needs to do to help the team win,” Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook said. “It’s going to be a great series for both teams and hopefully we can come out with the win.”
The Bottom Line: OKC will win tonight, then the Heat will figure them out for Game 2. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NBA Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NBA Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Heat are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Road team is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Thunder are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.
Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Heat are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog.
Heat are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog.
Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder
When: Tuesday, June 12th@9:00 PM EST
Pick: OKC -5
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