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NBA Championship Odds Preview

The NBA Finals could have been an End of Era final had the Spurs and Celtics – veteran-laden rosters with titles on their resumes – made it here.

Instead, it’s a Beginning of Era final with unproven young guns in Oklahoma City battling the established young guns in Miami.

And despite the MVP pedigree of LeBron James and the championship pedigree of Dwyane Wade, it’s the Thunder who are favored to win. They opened as -170 series favorites, while the Heat are +150 to win ($100 wager returns a $150 profit). [Matchup Report ]

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These teams meet only twice a year so historical head-to-head data is scarce. In the past 9 meetings at Oklahoma City (and Seattle before that), the OVER has prevailed 7 times.

The Thunder is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games as a favorite and the OVER is 10-2 the past 12 times they were chalk. Miami meanwhile is 0-5 SU & ATS in their past 5 games as an underdog and the UNDER is 8-3 in their past 11 games in that role.

Check out the full list of current Thunder vs Heat NBA Finals odds and props below, courtesy of Bovada.

2012 NBA Championship Odds – Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Series Price    

Miami Heat (Series Prices)                                 3/2        (+150)

Oklahoma City Thunder (Series Prices)               10/17    (-170)

Game 1 Lines

Miami Heat                    +5        O 194

Oklahoma City Thunder  -5         U 194

NBA Finals MVP

Kevin Durant (OKC)                   1/1

LeBron James (MIA)                  2/1

Russell Westbrook (OKC)          5/1

Dwyane Wade (MIA)                  7/1

James Harden (OKC)                 12/1

Chris Bosh (MIA)                       15/1

Serge Ibaka (OKC)                    20/1

Mario Chalmers (MIA)                25/1

Any other Heat Player                25/1

Any other Thunder Player           25/1

Series Spreads

Oklahoma City Thunder              -1½       7/5        (+140)  

Miami Heat                                +1½      10/17    (-170)  

Oklahoma City Thunder              -2½       11/4      (+275)  

Miami Heat                                +2½      2/7        (-350)             

Oklahoma City Thunder              +1½      1/3        (-300)   

Miami Heat                                -1½       12/5      (+240) 

Exact Series Result     

Oklahoma City Thunder 4-0                    9/1

Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1                    6/1

Oklahoma City Thunder 4-2                    11/4

Oklahoma City Thunder 4-3                    14/5

Miami Heat 4-0                                      15/1

Miami Heat 4-1                                      13/2

Miami Heat 4-2                                      8/1

Miami Heat 4-3                                      7/1          

Total Games in Series             

4                      23/4     

5                      47/20   

6                      7/4

7                      31/20                      

Over 4.5            2/19      (-950)

Under 4.5          23/4      (+575)          

Over 5.5            2/5        (-250)   

Under 5.5          39/20    (+195)

Where Will the Series be Decided?      

Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City         5/8        (-160)

American Airlines Arena, Miami                          13/10    (+130)

Additional Props

Will there be a Game winning Buzzer Beater in the 2012 NBA Championship?

Yes      15/1

Will Any Game Go To Overtime in the 2012 NBA Championship?

Yes      3/1        (+300)

No        1/4        (-400)

Will there be a Flagrant Foul in the 2012 NBA Championship?

Yes      10/13    (-130)

No        1/1        (+100)

Will any Player be suspended during the 2012 NBA Championship?

Yes      6/1

No        1/10

Player Props

Average Points Per Game - LeBron James

Over/Under                               29½

Average Rebounds Per Game - LeBron James

Over/Under                               9½

Average Assists Per Game - LeBron James

Over/Under                               5½

Highest 1 Game Point Total in 2012 NBA Championship - LeBron James

Over/Under       37.5

Will Lebron James Record a Triple Double vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder?

Yes      2/1        (+200)

No        1/3        (-300)

Average Points Per Game - Dwyane Wade

Over/Under       24½

Average Rebounds Per Game - Dwyane Wade   

Over/Under       5

Average Assists Per Game - Dwyane Wade       

Over/Under       4½

Highest 1 Game Point Total in 2012 NBA Championship - Dwyane Wade

Over/Under       31.5

Average Points Per Game - Chris Bosh

Over/Under       16½

Average Rebounds Per Game - Chris Bosh

Over/Under       7½

Average Points Per Game - Mario Chalmers

Over/Under       10½

Average Points Per Game - Kevin Durant

Over/Under       28½

Average Rebounds Per Game - Kevin Durant     

Over/Under       7½

Average Assists Per Game - Kevin Durant

Over/Under       4½

Highest 1 Game Point Total in 2012 NBA Championship - Kevin Durant

Over/Under       36.5

Average Points Per Game - Russell Westbrook

Over/Under       23½

Average Assists Per Game - Russell Westbrook

Over/Under       5½

Average Points Per Game - James Harden

Over/Under       16½

Average Rebounds and Assists Per Game - James Harden

Over/Under       9

Average Points Per Game - Serge Ibaka

Over/Under       10½

Average Rebounds and Blocks Per Game - Serge Ibaka            

Over/Under       10