NBA Basketball Finals Odds Update
June 19, 2012
The Miami Heat have looked shaky at times during this year's playoffs, but they could finally pay off on the NBA futures at the sportsbooks this week if they can close out the Oklahoma City Thunder in the best-of-seven championship set.
LeBron James and company took a big step toward that goal on Sunday night, rolling past the Thunder in a 91-85 home win in Game 3 that saw them cover the posted spread of 4 points.
Combined with their 100-96 Game 2 road win as a 5.5-point 'dog the Heat are now 2-0 both SU and ATS over the last two games of the NBA Finals. [ Check out the latest NBA Finals odds at Bodog ]
And that has Miami up 2-1 on Oklahoma City in the series as the teams get set for Game 4 down in South Florida on Tuesday night. Since the league has a 2-3-2 setup for the NBA Finals the Heat will also get to host Game 5 of the series on Thursday.
That means the Heat might not even have to go back to Oklahoma City to claim the title – not if they can win the next two games in their own arena. For Tuesday the online sportsbooks have Miami set as a favourite of 3.5 points, with the OVER/UNDER listed at a series-low 192 points for totals bettors.
Over the last five meetings between the Heat and the Thunder – including two regular-season matchups and three NBA Finals games – the OVER/UNDER has gone 1-3-1 between the teams; Sunday night's combined score fell UNDER a total of 193 points.
Miami's Big Three continued to lead the way for their team in Sunday's win, with LeBron James scoring 29 points and adding 14 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade picked up 25 points and seven boards, and Chris Bosh added 10 points and 11 boards. No other member of the Heat managed to break double-digits in scoring that day.
Thunder supporters watched Kevin Durant score 25 points on Sunday, but Russell Westbrook only tossed in 19 points, and James Harden couldn't get much going off the bench with a nine-point performance.
They'll need to be better as a group if they want to play another home game before the season comes to an end.