Posted 06/19/2012 at 02:18 PM
Miami will try to take a 31 advantage in the NBA Finals tonight when it hosts Oklahoma City in Game 4. The Heat captured a 9185 win in Game 3 as a 4 ½point home favorite.
With 13 seconds remaining, Dwyane Wade buried a pair of free throws to put his team ahead of the number. Then when Russell Westbrook missed a clean look at a trey from the left wing, LeBron James pulled down the rebound and OKC elected not to foul, giving Heat backers a winner.
The 176 combined points was the lowest output by far in the series, resulting in the first ‘under’ (192). Totals are now an overall wash (111) through three games.
Game 3 turned late in the third quarter after Russell Westbrook was benched for poor play and Kevin Durant was forced to the sidelines with his fourth foul at the 5:41 mark of the stanza. Durant was in a great rhythm offensively and the Thunder led by six when foul trouble reared its ugly head.
James had another monster game, producing a doubledouble with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Wade had his best game of the series with 25 points, seven boards and seven assists. Chris Bosh had a poor shooting night, making just 3of12 shots from the field, but he did finish with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Durant had a teamhigh 25 points in the losing effort.
For Game 4, most books are listing Miami as a 3 ½point favorite with a total of 192 ½. Gamblers can take the Thunder to win outright for a plus140 return (risk $100 to win $140).
Sportsbook.com has updated the series price to the Heat minus200, while OKC is plus170 (risk $100 to win $170).
Also, the website has adjusted its odds for whom will win MVP. James is the minus200 ‘chalk’ and Durant has the secondshortest odds at plus150. Westbrook and Wade both owns 10/1 odds.
The ‘over/under’ for James’s points tonight is 31 ‘over’ (minus130). This means ‘under’ backers get evenmoney with the 30cent line. Durant’s total points is 29 ½ ‘over’ (minus145, +115 for ‘under’ wagers).
Click here for my two picks on tonight's game.
Tipoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
