The Oklahoma City Thunder have a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals and they get set to host the Miami Heat tonight, Thursday June 14th, for Game 2. NBA oddsmakers have the Thunder as -5.5 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 2 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
Miami’s (12-7, 4-5 V) LeBron James led Miami with 30 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Wade added 19 points and eight assists but shot just 7-for-19 from the floor. Battier scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half for the Heat, who were dominated in the paint (56-40) and in transition (24-4).
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra lamented his team’s defensive effort. “We have to get stops,” the Heat mentor said. “We are a better defensive team than we showed tonight. They pounded us in all of the big muscle areas. They have players who are tough enough to guard individually anyway.”
“They’re fast, they’re explosive, so we’ll have to adjust to that speed,” Spoelstra said of the Thunder. “We’re a confident team, it’s a long series. We do have a toughness to be able to bounce back, and we’ll have to learn from this and certainly make the adjustments to those speed and athleticism and effort areas that we lost.”
OKC (13-3, 9-0 H) got a 105-94 victory over the Heat on Tuesday night. Russell Westbrook turned around a poor shooting start to finish with 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for the Thunder, keying a strong finish to the third period that gave the Thunder the lead for good. Kevin Durant scored 36 points and he showed LeBron James how to play the fourth quarter in the NBA Finals.
After spending the second and third quarters setting up teammates and focusing on defense and rebounding, Kevin Durant came alive in the final period, scoring 17 of his game-high 36 points. It was the eighth time this season that Durant has scored at least 15 points in a fourth quarter. And there’s a theme that has emerged in those contests: in five of those games, Durant had attempted 15 shots or fewer through three quarters.
All season, the Thunder has been at its best when everyone is involved. Sure, Durant’s scoring skills have carried the team, but it hasn’t been the result of a one-dimensional attack. With fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook and reigning Sixth Man of the Year James Harden, the Thunder has two other options that can be equally deadly. But only when less-heralded offensive players such as Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison are threats is when OKC has been truly unstoppable.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Over is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.
Heat are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Road team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings.
Thunder are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Thunder are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite.
Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Heat are 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog.
Heat are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
Heat are 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog.
Heat are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as an underdog.
Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder
When: Thursday, June 14th@9:00 PM EST
Pick: OKC -5.5
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