|Written by Brock Lanning|
|Monday, 18 June 2012 14:51|
After hopping out to a one game lead, the Oklahoma City Thunder have fallen behind 1-2 to the Miami Heat in the championship series. Now, as the NBA finals odds shift back in favor of South Beach - where it’s been for much of the season - fans and critics alike are still pondering if the self proclaimed "3-kings" can actually pull this off. Thunder vs Heat odds in Vegas currently have Miami listed as 3.5-point favorites at home to win Game 4 at the AmericanAirlines Arena which can be seen live on ABC or streamed online at ESPN3 beginning at 9:00pm EST. Bookmakers also favor Miami -165 on the moneyline with Oklahoma City returning +145 and an over/under total of192.
Is this the year that LeBron James finally silences his doubters with a title-winning performance under the league’s brightest spotlight? Two games away from the ring, the Heat have crept back up the NBA finals odds to be favored -180 in series prices with OKC returning +160 for the championship comeback. Although the smooth-sailing Thunder took the NBA futures edge into the series, Miami’s experience facing adversity has seemed to pay off. Although the best-of-seven is far from decided, the Finals mark the third straight series the Heat have bounced back from a deficit.
With Games 4 and 5 set to take place in Miami before the series shifts back to Oklahoma for the final two, can the Thunder extend their playoff lives? Is it full speed ahead for the Heat. Handicapping trends for Thunder vs Heat odds in Game 4 have Miami recently going 5-1 when playing at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 7-3 after a win and 8-2 when playing onTuesday while the total has gone OVER in nine of their last thirteen games. Oklahoma City has recently gone 13-5 overall, 7-3 after a loss and 6-4 when playing on a Tuesday while the total has gone OVER in five of the last seven games on the road for OKC.
Game 4 Predictions: Heat -3.5
Oklahoma City Thunder (47-19 SU, 35-31 ATS) vs Miami Heat (46-20 SU, 32-34 ATS)
|Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 20:06|