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06/09/2012 01:09 PM

NBA Playoffs - Game 7 Facts

June 8, 2012

Game 7 Quick Facts

The NBA has had 110 Game 7’s in playoff history

The home team is 88-22 (80%) in those games

Eight of the last 10 Game 7 outcomes have been decided by double digits

Five of the last six road winners in Game 7 were from the Western Conference


Game 7 Notes - Boston vs. Miami


Boston has played in the most Game 7's, going 21-7 in the decisive game

The Celtics won their last Game 7 battle, most recently an 85-75 victory at home over Philadelphia in the 2012 Conference Seminfinals

Miami has gone 2-3 in Game 7's

The Heat's last Game 7 came in the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals at Atlanta, which they lost, 91-78

All-Time Game Seven Road Winners

Year Road Team Home Team Round

2012 L.A. Clippers 82 Memphis 72 First round
2008 Orlando 101 Boston 82 Conference semifinals
2007 San Antonio 91 New Orleans 82 Conference semifinals
2007 Utah 103 Houston 99 First round
2006 *Dallas 119 San Antonio 111 Conference semifinals
2005 Detroit 88 Miami 82 Conference finals
2005 Indiana 97 Boston 70 First round
2002 *L.A. Lakers 112 Sacramento 106 Conference finals
2000 New York 83 Miami 82 Conference semifinals
1995 Indiana 97 New York 95 Conference semifinals
1995 Houston 115 Phoenix 114 Conference semifinals
1982 Philadelphia 120 Boston 106 Conference finals
1981 Kansas City 95 Phoenix 88 Conference semifinals
1981 Houston 105 San Antonio 100 Conference semifinals
1978 Washington 105 Seattle 99 NBA Finals
1976 Phoenix 94 Golden State 86 Conference finals
1974 Boston 102 Milwaukee 87 NBA Finals
1973 New York 94 Boston 78 Conference finals
1971 Baltimore 93 New York 91 Conference finals
1969 Boston 108 L.A. Lakers 106 NBA Finals
1968 Boston 100 Philadelphia 96 Division finals
1948 Philadelphia 85 St Louis 46 Semifinals
(*) Asterisk denotes overtime




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cnotes Posts:25724 Followers:33
06/09/2012 01:13 PM

Game 7, Heat vs. Celtics

June 8, 2012


Who you got?

That question will be asked early and often on Saturday when Miami and Boston meet in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. According to the oddsmakers, they believe the Heat will advance to the NBA Finals, opening the home squad as an eight-point favorite over Boston. The number has dropped to 7 1/2 at a handful of offshore sports books, which is a little surprising considering the Celtics’ effort in Game 6 on Thursday.

Miami opened up a double-digit lead (26-16) after the first quarter and never looked back. The Heat cruised to a 98-79 victory, easily covering the first-half, second-half and game numbers. LeBron James had another monster effort, finishing with 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. He scored 30 points in the first half and lived up to his MVP billing. Bettors playing his point-total proposition in this series, which hovers around 31 points, have been able to cash in five of the six games. The one time it didn’t connect was in Game 4 at Boston when he fouled out with 29 points.

VegasInsider.com expert Kevin Rogers has had a tough time getting a pulse on this series. Rogers said, “This series has been very interesting from the standpoint that once you think you have everything figured out, it goes in a different direction. James absolutely took over in the Game 6 blowout, but will he repeat that performance in Game 7? Also, Boston shot poor from the field and Pierce picked up three quick fouls. Does that happen again?”

While James was brilliant on Thursday, Pierce was awful and truth be told, he’s had a less than stellar series but will get a pass by most because of the big 3-pointer he hit in Boston’s victory (94-90) in Game 5 at Miami. Pierce isn’t the only one to blame for the blowout loss in Game 6. The entire team shot 43 percent from the field, including 1-of-11 from the 3-point land. Miami shot 49 percent from the floor and connected on 7-of-16 (44%) bombs from downtown, plus they only missed five free throws (17-of-22) in the road win.

Those following and more importantly, those betting the NBA should have a good grip on how well the home team has performed in Game 7. The home squad has gone 88-22 (80%) in the 110 Game 7’s played in the NBA playoffs. That’s a straight-up number and if you believe Miami can keep the trend rolling, then a money-line price of minus-450 (Bet $450 to win $100) is available. Those believing Boston can steal a Game 7 can receive a generous takeback close to plus-375 (Bet $100 to win $375).

The odds are stacked against Boston here but since the franchise assembled “The Big Three” of Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, the trio has led the team to a 4-2 record in decisive Game 7’s and injuries played a toll in the two losses. KG missed the 2009 conference semifinals Game 7 against Orlando (82-101) at home, and many Boston fans believe the Celtics would’ve beaten the Lakers (79-83) in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals if Kendrick Perkins didn’t blow his knee out.

Experience definitely sides with Boston in this scenario and we should point out that Miami’s “Big Three” of James (0-2), Dwyane Wade (1-2) and Chris Bosh are a combined 1-4 in Game 7’s. Saturday will be the first Game 7 in Bosh’s career and the first Game 7 for Miami with the talented trio.

Rogers delved more into the outcomes of the recent Game 7 finales in this round. “Looking from a historical standpoint, this is the ninth Game 7 in the conference finals since 1994. In the previous eight contests, six games were decided by six points or less, including Miami's 88-82 home loss to Detroit in 2005.”

“However, home teams in Game 7 that needed to win Game 6 on the road to stay alive own a 5-3 record since 2003. This situation came up once in this year’s postseason as the Grizzlies won Game 6 from Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers down 3-2, but failed to pick up the home victory in Game 7 of their first-round battle.”

Along with the Clippers-Grizzlies encounter, there were two other Game 7’s played in this year’s playoffs. The Lakers beat the Nuggets at home in the first round, while the Celtics stopped the 76ers from TD Garden in the conference semifinals.

Miami has gone 7-2 at American Airlines Arena in the postseason and the two losses came by a combined seven points. While those numbers are impressive, the margins of victory for the Heat during the playoffs have been eye opening. In its 11 postseason wins, 10 have come by eight points or more with the smallest outcome coming in Game 2 of this series (115-111) at home.

Boston is just 3-6 on the road in the playoffs but they have produced a 5-4 record against the spread, including a 2-1 ledger versus the Heat.

After watching the ‘over’ cash in four straight games of this series, total players watched the ‘under’ cash in Game 6. The two teams put up 97 points in the first half, which helped the ‘over’ cash again for half-time players, but only 80 points were posted in the last 24 minutes.

The total on Game 7 opened at 179 ½ and is currently hovering between 178 and 179 at most betting shops. Even though the ‘over’ has prevailed to a 4-2 mark, the pace hasn’t been fast and that record could be 3-3 or 4-2 to the ‘under.’

It’s understood that you handicap games based on matchups, odds, current form, etc…However, trends and tendencies are shall we say, good to know. With that being said, the three Game 7’s that were played in this year’s playoffs all went ‘under’ the number, rather easily too. And if you look at the past 10 Game 7’s, the ‘under’ is 8-2 and those who have good memories know that last year’s lone Game 7 in the playoffs between Oklahoma City and Memphis should’ve stayed ‘under’ the number too. Thanks Greivis Vasquez!

Tip-off for tonight’s Game 7 is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, with ESPN providing national coverage. In case you’re thinking ahead, the winner of this matchup will head to Oklahoma City on Tuesday for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Thunder went 3-1 both SU and ATS against the Celtics (2-0) and Heat (1-1) during the regular season and the ‘under’ cashed in three of the four meetings.

We spoke to Jay Kornegay, vice president of race and sports operations at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (LVH) and got potential numbers on the Thunder vs. Boston or Miami for the finals.

Series Prices:
Oklahoma City -280
Boston +240

Oklahoma City -125
Miami +105

Game 1 Side & Total
Oklahoma City -7
Boston 194

Oklahoma City -3
Miami 197

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06/09/2012 01:15 PM

NBA

Saturday, June 9

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Boston - 8:30 PM ET Miami -8 500

Miami - Over 178 500

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WNBA

Saturday, June 9

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Seattle - 8:00 PM ET San Antonio -4.5 500

San Antonio - Under 142 500

Minnesota - 8:00 PM ET Tulsa +13.5 500

Tulsa - Over 154.5 500

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06/09/2012 01:19 PM

GL

cnotes Posts:25724 Followers:33
06/12/2012 06:53 PM

NBA
Dunkel

Miami at Oklahoma City
The Thunder look to take advantage of a Miami team that is 0-6-1 ATS in its last 7 games as a road underdog. Oklahoma City is the pick (-5) according to Dunkel, which has the Thunder favored by 7. Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-5). Here are all of today's picks

TUESDAY, JUNE 12

Game 501-502: Miami at Oklahoma City (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami 126.897; Oklahoma City 134.052
Dunkel Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 7; 199
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 5; 194
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-5); Over




NBA
Long Sheet

Tuesday, June 12

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MIAMI (58 - 26) at OKLAHOMA CITY (59 - 22) - 6/12/2012, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 45-35 ATS (+6.5 Units) in all games this season.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) against Southeast division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) in non-conference games this season.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 38-21 ATS (+14.9 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
OKLAHOMA CITY is 4-2 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
OKLAHOMA CITY is 4-2 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NBA
Short Sheet

Tuesday, June 12

NBA Finals, Game 1 (Series Tied, 0-0)
Miami at Oklahoma City, 9:05 ET ABC
Miami: Miami 24-14 Under off back-to-back wins
Oklahoma City: 13-5 ATS vs. non-conference opponents




NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Tuesday, June 12

-- Home side won both meetings this year; Thunder (-1.5) won 103-87 on March 25, Miami (-3) won 98-93 at home 11 nights later.

-- Heat has won a title, although James hasn't, having lost in Finals two times. This is first time in Finals for these Thunder (old Sonics); there is popular wisdom that the first time in the Finals can be tough.

-- This is where old hand Derek Fisher comes in; he's won five rings, so his mentoring of the young Oklahoma City players is a key here.

-- Oklahoma City is deeper, but Miami has the best player.

-- Miami just won a tough 7-game series; Thunder won their series in six games, polishing off a Spurs team that had won 20 games in a row. They also knocked off defending champ Mavs and perennial power Lakers.

-- Heat beat New York-Indiana-Boston; they're just 4-4 on road so far in playoffs. This will be their first series without the home court edge.

-- Oklahoma City is 8-0 at home in playoffs (5-3 vs spread); to me, the key for them is Westbrook being a facilitator and making sure Durant has the ball in key spots.

I'm not a big fan of Miami's subs; Harden's contributions off the bench are something the Heat doesn't have. I'll take the Thunder in 7.




NBA

Tuesday, June 12

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Trend Report
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9:00 PM
MIAMI vs. OKLAHOMA CITY
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami's last 9 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Miami is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games


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NBA

Tuesday, June 12

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Heat at Thunder Game 1: What bettors need to know
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Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder (-5, 194.5)

THE STORY: With this year's conference finals featuring showdowns between young up-and-comers and grizzled veterans, youth prevailed both times. That should make the 2012 NBA finals between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder one of the most fast-paced matchups in recent memory. The two superstar-laden teams begin the championship Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. The Thunder reached the finals with a six-game win over San Antonio. Miami ousted the Boston Celtics in seven.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ABC, TSN

ABOUT THE HEAT: Miami is playing in its second straight Finals and is led by mega-star LeBron James, who willed his team to victory with sensational performances in Games 6 and 7 against the Celtics. James scored 76 points and hauled in 27 rebounds over the final two games of the series after Miami found itself on the verge of a shocking upset at the hands of the Celtics. James will be accompanied by fellow star Dwyane Wade and a suddenly healthy Chris Bosh, whose low-post presence will make life difficult for the Thunder front court combo of Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Miami's big weakness is its reserve corps, which will be in tough to match the productivity of its Oklahoma City counterpart.

ABOUT THE THUNDER: So much for San Antonio's air of invincibility. Going into the third game of the West finals, the Spurs had won 20 straight games and looked virtually unstoppable. Four games later, it was the Thunder who were celebrating after reeling off four straight wins over a shell-shocked Spurs squad. Three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant and electric point guard Russell Westbrook lead the way for Oklahoma City, while star sixth man James Harden provides instant scoring off the bench. Add in a reliable post presence in Perkins and one of the league's elite shot blockers in Ibaka, and it's clear the Thunder are full value for their first NBA finals appearance since relocating from Seattle.

TRENDS:

- Heat are 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog.
- Over is 6-2 in Thunder's last eight home games.
- Underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The teams split a pair of regular-season meetings, with the home team prevailing each time.

2. The matchup features each of the last five scoring champions in Durant (2010-12), Wade (2009) and James (2008).

3. James, Wade and Bosh scored all 28 Miami points in the pivotal fourth quarter of Game 7 against Boston - Miami's first victory in a seventh game since 2004, Wade's rookie season.

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cnotes Posts:25724 Followers:33
06/12/2012 06:56 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

06/09/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
06/07/12 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
06/06/12 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
06/05/12 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
06/04/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
06/03/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
06/02/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
06/01/12 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail

Totals 12-­4-­0 75.00% +3800

NBA

Tuesday, June 12

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Miami - 9:00 PM ET Oklahoma City -5 500

Oklahoma City - Over 195 500

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cnotes Posts:25724 Followers:33
06/13/2012 07:00 PM

Wednesday, June 13

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Los Angeles - 8:00 PM ET Connecticut -7.5 500
Connecticut - Over 166 500

Seattle - 8:00 PM ET Chicago -8 500
Chicago - Under 139 500

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cnotes Posts:25724 Followers:33
06/14/2012 06:54 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

06/12/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
06/09/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
06/07/12 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
06/06/12 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
06/05/12 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
06/04/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
06/03/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
06/02/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
06/01/12 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail

Totals 14-­4-­0 77.78% +4800

Thursday, June 14

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Miami - 9:00 PM ET Oklahoma City -5.5 500

Oklahoma City - Under 196 500

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06/14/2012 06:56 PM

NBA
Dunkel

Miami at Oklahoma City
The Thunder look to follow up their 105-94 win in Game 1 and build on their 7-0 ATS record in their last 7 games after scoring 100 points or more in the previous game. Oklahoma City is the pick (-5 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Thunder favored by 7 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-5 1/2). Here are all of today's picks

THURSDAY, JUNE 14

Game 503-504: Miami at Oklahoma City (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami 126.520; Oklahoma City 134.023
Dunkel Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 7 1/2; 199
Vegas Line & Total: Oklahoma City by 5 1/2; 196
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma City (-5 1/2); Over




NBA
Long Sheet

Thursday, June 14

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MIAMI (58 - 27) at OKLAHOMA CITY (60 - 22) - 6/14/2012, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 46-35 ATS (+7.5 Units) in all games this season.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 39-31 ATS (+4.9 Units) as a favorite this season.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 20-8 ATS (+11.2 Units) against Southeast division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in non-conference games this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
OKLAHOMA CITY is 5-2 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
OKLAHOMA CITY is 5-2 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Thursday, June 14

Miami @ Oklahoma City (1-0)-- Thunder bench was +17 in 71:00 on floor in game 1; Collison had 10 boards in 21:00, five on offensive end, as Miami's bench was -19 in only 46:00 on floor. Collison was +13 in his 21:00. Home side won all three series meetings this year, with Heat losing by 16-11 in two visits here. Old hand Derek Fisher has won five rings; he had a steadying hand when Miami was up double digits in first half. Oklahoma City is 9-0 at home in playoffs (6-3 vs spread); to me, the key for them is Westbrook being a facilitator and making sure Durant has the ball in key spots. Miami will give a better effort here, its natural after losing Game 1, but Oklahoma City has more good players, it could be as simple as that. Six of last seven Miami games went over the total.




NBA

Thursday, June 14

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Trend Report
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9:00 PM
MIAMI vs. OKLAHOMA CITY
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Miami's last 10 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oklahoma City's last 10 games when playing at home against Miami


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NBA

Thursday, June 14

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Heat at Thunder Game 2: What bettors need to know
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Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder (-5.5, 196)

THE STORY: The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder gave fans exactly what they were expecting in the opener of the NBA Finals: an action-packed, end-to-end game featuring sensational plays at both ends. Kevin Durant emerged as the hero in Game 1 and will look to lead the Thunder to victory in the second game of the best-of-seven Thursday night. Durant poured in 17 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter as the Thunder rallied from 13 points down to secure the victory.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ABC, TSN

ABOUT THE HEAT: LeBron James didn't have the kind of game that lifted Miami to victories over Boston in Games 6 and 7 of the East finals, but he was still solid in defeat. James reached the 30-point plateau in a Finals contest for the first time in his career, but it wasn't enough as he fell to 2-9 all-time in championship games. The Heat were badly outscored in transition and had no answer for Durant, who knocked down one shot after another in the pivotal final frame. James credited Oklahoma City with playing near-perfect basketball over the final 12 minutes. "They didn't make many mistakes in the fourth quarter," he said.

ABOUT THE THUNDER: Oklahoma City looked nervous in the early going, but didn't take long to shake off the jitters. Durant became the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 35-point plateau in a Finals game, knocking down four 3-pointers and adding eight rebounds. He had plenty of help - particularly from point guard Russell Westbrook, who scored 27 points and added 11 assists and eight rebounds. The two of them outscored the Heat 41-40 in the second half. Thabo Sefolosha excelled on the defensive end, limiting James to seven points on 29 percent shooting when he was guarding him.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Westbrook became the first player to record 25 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a Finals game since Charles Barkley accomplished the feat for the Phoenix Suns in 1993.

2. Going into this season, the team that wins the opening game of the Finals has gone on to claim the NBA championship 72 percent of the time.

3. Oklahoma City is 9-0 at home in the postseason.

TRENDS:

Heat are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.

Heat are 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog.

Thunder are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.

Thunder are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Over is 6-1 in Heat last 7 overall.

Over is 11-2 in Thunder last 13 games as a favorite.

PREDICTION: Thunder 102, Heat 98.


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cnotes Posts:25724 Followers:33
06/14/2012 06:59 PM

Thunder Host Miami Heat For Game 2

There isn't much change in the spread or total from Game 1 to Game 2 as the NBA Finals resume Thursday night in Oklahoma City. The Thunder are 5-point favorites to take a two-nothing lead over the Miami Heat with the total opening at 196.

The Don Best Odds closed with Ok City -5 and 196 for the total in Tuesday's series opener that saw the Thunder shake off a slow start to take a 105-94 victory. Kevin Durant topped the ledger with 36 points, six better than LeBron James' 30 to lead the Heat.

Miami's loss did sweeten the return on a Heat championship to +235 for anyone who still likes LeBron & Co. in this series. That price is exactly where they were in early December as the favorites to win it all when the strike ended. Jumping on the Oklahoma City bandwagon at this point will cost you -280.

The Heat had the early lead in Game 1 before falling off in the second half, something Don Best Sports analyst Monte Scates said might have been the result of going the distance in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

"Miami did have control of the game for the better part of three quarters, lost it at the end of the third and were unable to take over in the fourth quarter," Scates noted. "Perhaps it was because they were a little bit tired after that seven game series."

Don Best's Pat Williams pointed to the fast-break scoring as the biggest difference in the outcome of Game 1, with the Thunder having a 24-4 advantage in that facet of the contest. Scates believes Oklahoma City might be the only team in the league that can top Miami's fast-break.

"I don't think I've ever seen a game in which Miami only had four points in transition," Scates said. "One thing (Miami) can do to slow (the Thunder) down is stop shooting so many jump shots. Long jump shots provide long rebounds which provide fast-break points."

The Heat converted on their early long jump shots, sinking 5-of-6 from 3-point land to take a 7-point lead after the first stanza. But Miami could only find the net three times in the last 13 attempts from beyond the arc.

While Durant's 36 paced the Thunder, two more key contributors in the victory were Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison. Westbrook finished two boards shy of a triple-double with 27 points and 11 assists. Collison played 21 minutes off the bench and grabbed 10 rebounds (5 offensive) to go with his eight points.

Dwyane Wade did score 19 for the Heat, but on just 7-of-19 shooting. He was also no match on defense for the quicker Westbrook.

Oklahoma City remains a perfect 9-0 at home during the playoffs following Tuesday's triumph, and Game 1 continued the streak of 'overs' at Chesapeake Energy Arena to four. The Thunder failed to cover their first two home games vs. Dallas in the opening round of the postseason, but have since cashed six of the last seven at home.

Miami has now lost four of its last six straight up, and covered just two of the last seven playoff tilts.

ABC will broadcast Game 2 that tips a little after 9:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday. The teams will take two days off before Game 3 in Miami on Sunday.

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