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Predictions For Thunder Heat Betting – Heat Face Incredible Pressure

Posted by Craig Parsons on 6/14/2012 5:06:37 PM

The Miami Heat is back in the NBA finals for a second consecutive season. Unfortunately for basketball fans in South Beach, their team is once again at risk of coming up short on the biggest stage of them all. The Heat will press the reset button before stepping out on their home court in Miami Sunday for game three against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the first of the series in front of their home fans. There is an old sports bet saying that reads, “nothing has happened in a series until a team loses at home”, and if the Heat are going to have any chance at coming out on top in the NBA finals this time around, they will have to defend their home court.

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Miami Heat (Gm. 3)
Sunday June 17, 2012 – 8:00 PM ET
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Sportsbook Line: Oklahoma City

The Thunder come in to this game with a ton of confidence, and no pressure knowing that as long as they take care of business on their own home court they will be just fine. Three-time defending scoring champion Kevin Durant has taken his game to an entirely different level so far in these playoffs, and he has gotten a ton of support from his surrounding cast along the way.

NBA Betting Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

While Lebron James was already named MVP of the regular season, there is no doubt about who the MVP of the playoffs has been, with Durant executing at the highest level on the biggest stage of them all. Unlike with Lebron over the years, there seems to be no doubt about Durant’s ability to execute after he hit game-winning shots in each of the first two rounds of the playoffs, and then provided one of the most dominant fourth quarters in NBA playoff history against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western conference finals. Russell Westbrook has cut down on his bad decisions, James Harden has emerged as a potential starter, and the Thunder are playing excellent basketball at both ends of the floor, leaving little about the team to criticize.

NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat

Regardless of how incredible Lebron plays, Miami will need more from the other two-thirds of its Big Three to have any chance at coming back in this series. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh struggled mightily in game one, but they won’t have a choice but to play at an elite level or basically concede the series as they attempt to defend their home turf. Miami’s Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers have been better than expected this time around, and unlike a year ago it is now the Big Three that is getting all of the negative attention, as James, Wade, and Bosh look to find a way to deal with all of Oklahoma City’s weapons.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The pressure that the Heat have to be facing heading back to Miami cannot be overstated, as consecutive losses in the NBA finals would be absolutely devastating after all of the hype the team attracted when the Big Three first assembled two summers ago. Lebron showed in game six of the East finals that he has the ability to completely take over a game, but it will take that effort and more from both Wade and Bosh to wrestle even one betting sites win away from Oklahoma City, and get back in the series.

NBA Betting Pick: Miami Heat


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