2012 NBA Finals Las Vegas Odds: Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
It’s a dream matchup in the 2012 NBA Finals starting Tuesday night in Oklahoma City Thunder as the Western Conference champion Thunder and three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant host the East champion Miami Heat and three-time NBA MVP LeBron James in Game 1. The Thunder are 5-point favorites on Bovada Sportsbook’s 2012 NBA Finals Las Vegas Odds for the opener and -170 on the NBA team props to win the franchise’s first title in its first Finals trip since moving from Seattle five years ago.
Both the Thunder and Heat were the second seeds in their respective conferences. OKC will have home-court advantage thanks to a 47-19 regular-season record that was one game better than Miami’s. Had the Heat not rested stars LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the season’s final two games, they likely would have won those two (losses at Boston, which also rested its stars, and Washington) and would have the home-court edge here.
The Thunder went through a much more difficult path in the West in ousting Dallas, the L.A. Lakers and San Antonio. That trio accounts for 10 of the past 13 NBA titles. OKC is unbeaten on its own floor in these playoffs. Of course the Heat reached last year’s Finals, LeBron’s second trip there (first with Cleveland), and were upset in six games by Dallas.
OKC and Miami split two regular-season meetings, with each winning on its home court. On March 25 in OKC, the Thunder won 103-87, Miami’s worst loss of the year until the regular-season finale when all its stars were out. Durant led OKC with 28 points, nine rebounds and a season-high eight assists. Wade led all Heat scorers with 22 points while Bosh chipped in with 18 points and LeBron added only 17. The rest of the team contributed just 30 points on 13-for-32 shooting. Oklahoma City had a season-high 13 steals and forced Miami into 21 turnovers that led to 28 Thunder points.
Ten days later in Miami, the Heat won 98-93 behind 34 points and 10 assists from LeBron. Durant scored 30 points for the Thunder but had a career-high nine turnovers. He had two shots late in the game that would have either given Oklahoma City the lead or pulled the Thunder into a tie but missed both. Russell Westbrook scored 28 points for Oklahoma City, but he was only 9-for-26 from the field.
The favored result at Bovada Sportsbook is Oklahoma City in six games at 11/4, with Thunder in seven close behind at 3/1. The Heat’s favored series result is in seven games at 13/2. The favorite for total games in series is seven at +155.
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