NBA Finals Betting Preview: Thunder And Heat Bring Firepower
The NBA season has been filled with many story lines, but none have been greater than the debate over who is the best player in the league. LeBron James and Kevin Durant both have plenty of support in the debate among analysts, and now the two superstars will be able to show their worth on basketball’s grandest stage.The NBA Finals begin on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, and there is no surprise of the two teams that will be playing. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat were the two betting favorites coming into the season, and after several battles throughout the playoffs, the two teams are the only ones left standing.The Thunder had an easier time marching through the playoffs than the Heat. The Thunder went through the three most storied Western Conference franchises over the past decade, the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, and San Antonio Spurs. The Mavericks were eliminated in four games, the Lakers in five, and the Spurs lasted six games in the conference finals.San Antonio actually had the series lead on the Thunder, winning the first two games. Oklahoma City, however, rolled off the next four wins and securing a spot in the finals. The Thunder will head to the finals as the betting favorites, with odds of -165 for the series.Miami had a tougher road to plow in the Eastern Conference. Their first round series with the Knicks ended in a sweep, and in the second round, Indiana took Miami to six games before bowing out. In the conference finals, Boston held a 3-2 series lead, but was unable to close the deal, losing to the Heat in seven games. Miami has odds of +145 for the finals.The story inside the story will revolve around Durant and James. The Heat star won the MVP this season, but many believe Durant was the more valuable player to his team. The Thunder have gone through the growing stages the past two years, and many analysts feel this is their time to win the franchise’s first championship.Miami also has grown as a team over the past two seasons since the Big Three were assembled. James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have had some growing pains along the way, and now are just four games away from proving their legions of doubters wrong.The series starts Tuesday in Oklahoma City, where the first two games will be played. The middle three games of the series will be in Miami, and the final two, if necessary, are back in Oklahoma. June 11, 2012Posted By Vincent Tapoglia IIIStaff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.comSubmit News!