With our best betting pick from Sunday we select from game three of the NBA Finals series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat. The Thunder and Heat will begin from Miami at 9PM Eastern Time and ABC provides the live television coverage. With our NBA best bet tonight we will play on the Miami Heat -4 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The odds for our game three pick were used from Top Bet sportsbook.
The game three betting odds opened up with the home club Miami Heat favored by -4 points with an over under of 193 points. Money has shown early on the side of the home club as Miami is favored at some sports books at -4 ½ points while the majority of betting shops still has Miami favored by -4 points. The game over under has moved up to a current total of 194 points. Miami Heat money line bettors will lay -190 odds with the road underdog Oklahoma City Thunder returning +160 odds to post the upset game three odds with the points no factor in the wager.
Oklahoma City lost home court advantage in this series following their 100-96 loss on their home court to the Heat in game two. We saw the Heat adjust defensively following game one and stifled the Thunder offensively early on as OKC could score only 15 points after one period and faced an uphill battle there after. Oklahoma City finished the night with 43% shooting. Like we have seen so many times with the Thunder the big three produced the bulk of the scoring in game two with 80 of the Thunder’s 96 points. Russell Westbrook took too many shots in defeat as the point guard could hit on just 10 of 26 from the field in the loss. Westbrook often faces criticism when his shot volume increases in team losses the fact the Heat increased the defensively intensity meant the Thunder had trouble gaining separation on the court leaving Westbrook with a high number of shots. The Thunder was not very impressive on the road this season with a straight up record of 25-15 and beat up on the bad teams and struggled against the upper echelon teams.
The Miami Heat will play their first home game of the 2012 NBA Finals. The team is 36-7 at home this year. Miami offensively has shot the ball very well as the club has hit on over 50% from the floor in their past five games. At home Miami has been good defensively by allowing opponents just 89 points per game on the year. In the playoffs they are allowing opponents just 42.9% shooting. The Heat has been getting good production offensively from veteran Shane Battier who has scored 17 points in each of the first two games of the NBA Finals. Lebron James is having a Finals MVP type of performance with no less than 30 points thus far in this playoff series. With the supporting cast around Lebron James playing well they get the win and cover in game three at best sportsbooks online.