The 2012 NBA Championship could be handed out on Thursday night in South Beach, where the Miami Heat look to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder for their first championship since the Super Friends were assembled. Don’t miss our NBA Finals picks for Game 5 in what should be a great NBA betting showdown.
NBA Matchup: #2 Oklahoma City Thunder @ #2 Miami Heat Game 5
Date: Thursday, June 21st, 9:00 ET
Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
NBA Playoffs Odds: Miami -3
NBA TV Schedule: ABC
The Thunder have had their chances in virtually every game in this series to come away with a victory, but it seems like every single time that they end up getting a bit of an edge, something happens terrible to them that ends up making the difference. The Heat have found a way to win three in a row in this series, and LeBron James really has been the reason. He is going to be the NBA Finals MVP if Miami closes this one out on Thursday at the American Airlines Arena, as he followed up his two best personal scoring games in NBA Finals history with a Game 4 near-miss of a triple-double, scoring 26 points, dishing out 12 assists, and pulling down nine boards. It seems like someone big steps up for Miami every single night outside of the Big Three, while LeBron has just been on fire. That being said, we still think that we want the points on our side, as it seems to be a matter of time until King James has a bad game, and Mario Chalmers or Shane Battier doesn’t knock down a slew of those outside shots that have been changing the series. No team has ever come back from down 3-1 in the NBA Finals to win the series, but the Thunder definitely aren’t out of this quite yet.
NBA Free Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +3