The Miami Heat are one win away from winning the NBA Championship tonight, Thursday June 21st, if they can get past the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder one last time. The Heat have a 3-1 series lead and not only are teams 0-30 in The Finals when down 3-1, none has ever even forced a Game 7 while facing that scenario since the league went to its current 2-3-2 finals format in 1985. NBA oddsmakers have the Heat as -3 point home favorites over the Thunder with the over/under set at 194 points. Be sure to check the Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat NBA Finals Game 5 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
OKC’s (13-6, 4-5 V) Kevin Durant finished with 28 points for the Thunder’s third straight loss. Russell Westbrook poured in 43 for the Thunder, but made a costly error with 13.8 seconds left when he fouled Mario Chalmers with the shot clock winding down and his team down by three.
OKC remains hopeful despite it can find a way out of its 1-3 hole, citing the competitiveness of the series so far. The Thunder’s three losses have come by just four, six and six points. “We didn’t get here just to make it here and say we did,” Durant said. “We made it to The Finals. We want to come in here and we want to try to get a title. It’s all about keep competing until that last buzzer sounds, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
For the Thunder, reserve guard James Harden, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year who has performed poorly in the series, is expected to play despite suffering a bruised left hand in Game 4.
Miami (15-7, 10-2 H) got a 102-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Tuesday night. LeBron James scored 26 points to lead Miami. Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers added 25 points each in Game 4 for Miami, with Chalmers getting 12 in the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh had 13 points and nine rebounds. The Heat overcame a 17-point deficit in the opening frame for their third straight win.
LeBron James received treatment on Wednesday for bad leg cramps and said the soreness that followed the cramps in his left leg was easing a bit. “I feel a lot better than I did last night. That’s clear,” the All-Star said. “I’m still a little sore because of the muscles just kind of being at an intense level, very tight.”
While nobody can say for sure if James will be 100 percent, athletes typically recover quickly from cramps and the Heat is optimistic it will be a nonissue in Game 5. “We’ll be able to better hydrate and be more proactive now,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He feels better and hopefully by tonight, he will feel ever better.’’
In these Finals, James is averaging more points than last year’s Finals (29.3 to 17.8) and grabbing more rebounds (10.0 to 7.2). In Game 4, he became the first player to produce 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in an NBA Finals game since Larry Bird in 1986.
The Bottom Line: come on OKC, bring it home. They must close out the fourth quarter and Harden has to be better. More confidence. 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:
Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Thunder are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Miami.
Thunder are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Heat are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Thunder are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat
When: Thursday, June 21st@9:00 PM EST
Pick: OKC +3
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