Our NBA best betting pick from Tuesday comes from game one of the NBA Finals as Lebron James leads his Miami Heat to the court to face the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat and Thunder will tip off game one from Oklahoma City at 9PM Eastern Time and ABC TV provides the live national television telecast. With our NBA top pick we will play on the Miami Heat +5 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game one odds from the Heat and Thunder were taken from Just Bet sportsbook.
The betting odds in game one of this best of seven NBA Finals series opened up with the home club Oklahoma City Thunder favored by -4 ½ points with a total of 196 points. Money has shown early from the betting public on the side of the home team as Oklahoma City is now favored by -5 points at most online sportsbook locations though some Las Vegas sportsbooks are already hanging Oklahoma City as a -5 ½ point favorite. The total has moved down a tick to a current over under of 195 ½ points. Those who bet the Oklahoma City Thunder on the money line will lay -230 odds. Money line bettors playing on the side of the road underdog Miami Heat can take back +210 odds for their wager. The series price reveals the Oklahoma City Thunder the -170 favorite with the Miami Heat the underdog at +150 odds. Oklahoma City owns home court advantage in this series with the first and final two games being played at the Thunder home court with the middle three games held in Miami.
Since forward Chis Bosh returned to greater minutes in the Heat rotation we have seen Miami hit a very good grove with a 21 point road win at Boston and a 13 point home win in game seven against Boston in the close out. I expect Miami to come out motivated in game one of this series. The Heat is still smarting over their Finals series loss a season ago to the Dallas Mavericks and will take nothing for granted in this difficult test. Lebron James sported a higher level of play late in the Boston series and I believe will have a carryover effect in game one of this series. Miami likes to take the ball in close around the bucket for high percentage shots and that will be the difference here in game 1. Miami has two days of rest following game seven against Boston on Saturday night so fatigue won’t be an issue.
Oklahoma City plays game one with what I believe may be a little too much rest for this highly dependent jump shooting team. The Thunder may find their rhythm and timing a bit off tonight as the club last played way back on Wednesday night and faces a good defensive Heat team. Lebron James and Dwyane Wade are no strangers to NBA Finals basketball and OKC makes their first ever appearance tonight. Miami comes ready based on past experience and brings a huge effort to take control of this series in game one to get the cover at the sportsbooks.