Two of the big time favorites to beat the NBA Finals odds this year are going to meet in the Sooner State on Sunday night, when the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Miami Heat.
The Heat have won four games in a row and have covered three of the four, but this is going to be a very tough two-game stretch against the Thunder and the Indiana Pacers on back to back nights on the road. The team is still playing well defensively, but in the end, the offense has struggled just a bit. LeBron James and Chris Bosh are both coming off of games in which they didn’t play all that well. They combined for just 32 points and 15 rebounds, and if not for the fact that Dwyane Wade put up 24 points and the fact that the defense was out of this world, the Heat probably would have been beaten by the Detroit Pistons. Ronnie Turiaf made his debut with Miami, and he played 11 minutes and came up with four point and four boards. If he can come up with that type of production on a regular basis, this could be just the type of player that the Heat really needed to become the games.
The Thunder have to be happy to have had a day off on Saturday, especially after finally beating the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 149-140 double overtime thriller on Friday night. The team really isn’t in the best of form at the moment, going just 5-4 SU and 4-5 ATS in its last nine games. For others, that might be impressive. For this crew though, one of the teams that has its eye on the NBA Finals this year, it’s not all that much to write home about. What remains impressive is just how strong both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have been this year. They are both coming off of just absolutely stupendous games against the T’Wolves. Durant had 40 points and 17 rebounds. Westbrook had 45 points, six assists, and four boards. The two are now combining for 52.2 points per game this year, and it feels as though those averages just keep coming up every single time they step onto the court. James Harden also had 25 points in that game, raising his scoring average up to 17.1 points per game off of the bench.
The Final Word: This is yet another chance for the Heat to put their stamp on the fact that they are the deserving favorites to win the whole enchilada this year. They are the best team in the league, and they definitely do not deserve to be underdogs in this one. Back Miami and the point that you are getting on your side, knowing that the boys from South Beach are probably going to walk away with a ‘W’ at least half the time in this spot.
Miami Heat @ Oklahoma City Thunder Pick: Miami Heat +1
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