Oklahoma City will look to even the NBA Finals at two games apiece tonight when they take on the Miami Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena in South Florida. This evening’s Game 4 showdown, which will be broadcast live on ABC, is scheduled for a 9:00pm ET tip off. NBA Odds have the hosting Heat listed as a -3.5 against the spread favorite; the Over/Under is set at 193 points. Miami is a -150 play to win outright while the Thunder are drawing +130 moneyline odds to pull off the upset.
Oklahoma City handled Miami with relative ease in Game 1, beating the Heat 105-94 to take a 1-0 series lead, but Kevin Durant and company have stumbled since. The Thunder dropped Game 2 100-96 at home and Miami secured a 2-1 lead on Sunday with a 91-85 victory at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
Durant produced 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting in the Thunder’s Game 3 loss, but he was mostly a one man gang as the team shot just 42.9 percent from the field and 4-of-18 from beyond the arc. Kendrick Perkins chipped in with 10 points and 12 boards and Russell Westbrook added 19 points (8-of-18 FG), but the OKC bench, which features James Harden, totaled just 20 points.
Miami shot an even worse 37.8 percent from the field, but a 31-for-35 effort from the charity stripe proved enough to get the Heat another key win. LeBron James led Miami with 29 points and 14 rebounds, but Dwyane Wade also showed up big, totaling 25 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Chris Bosh, who added a 10 point, 11 rebound double double, was the only other Heat player to score in double figures.
Oklahoma City’s Sunday slip up marked its second set of back-to-back losses of the postseason. The Thunder opened its Western Conference Finals series opposite the Spurs with two consecutive losses at San Antonio; they responded with four straight wins to take the series 4-2. Limiting their skid to just two this time around may prove difficult given Miami’s 8-2 home playoff record, but the Thunder are more than capable of knotting this series up at two all.
NBA Odds Betting Trend: The Heat are 2-6 straight up and against the spread as a home favorite with a spread between 0 and 3.5 and total between 190 and 195.
2012 NBA Finals Odds Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Game 4: Provided by Bovada.lv
Oklahoma City Thunder +3.5 (-115), Over 193 (-110), +130 (Moneyline)
Miami Heat -3.5 (-105), Under 193 (-110), -150 (Moneyline)