Heat vs Thunder Game 2 Odds: LeBron James and the Miami Heat were outdueled by Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder who covered the spread in game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals with a 105-94 win as -5 sports odds Vegas favorites. The Heat vs Thunder Game 2 Odds shade the Thunder at even fatter “chalk” at -5.5 on the sports odds Vegas spread for their 9 PM ET game. Miami (58-27 SU 43-42 ATS) was leading early in game 1 against the Thunder but Lebron James now has a 2-9 SU record in his 11 Finals appearances. Oklahoma City (60-22 SU 46-35-1 ATS) had more pop offensively with Kevin Durant outdueling Lebron James with 36 points but will Miami cash in on the zig-zag handicapping theory with a stellar return game as they have in recent outings after a loss? Below is a closer look from our 2012 NBA Finals picks staff! The Heat vs Thunder Game 2 Odds have OKC at -5.5 at BOVADA CASINO
2012 NBA Finals Picks Analysis: This should be another thriller but Thunder head coach knows how to play his chess pieces against the Heat’s weaknesses. Miami has to go with Chris Bosh of the bench to contend with Oklahoma City 6th man of the year James Harden and Lebron James has had Thunder defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha in his grill. Shane Battier played well in game 1 as the starter with 17 points but the Thunder’s match-up adavantges with Battier as the starter give theme the edge ATS.
Miami was outrebounded 46-35 in game 1 and that trend should continue. The “public” has been split on the sports odds Vegas with 53% of the action on OKC. Our power ratings have OKC as the slightly better team and at home with a healthy home crowd they should cover by a couple baskets with hidden x-factor’s Nick Collison and Derek Fischer helping cash tickets with their bench prowess. The Heat vs Thunder Game 2 Odds Total is at 196.0 points.
2012 NBA Finals Picks Play:
Heat vs Thunder Game 2 Odds Power Ratings 1-10:
Miami Heat/Oklahoma City Thunder
Center: Udonis Haslem 7.0/Kendrick Perkins 7.0
Forward: LeBron James 9.5/Kevin Garnett 9.5
Forward: Shane Battier 7.0 /Serge Ibaka 8.0
Guard: Dwayne Wade 9.5/Russell Westbrook 8.5
Guard: Mario Chalmers 7.5/ Thabo Sefolosha 8.0
Bench: Bosh, Miller, Anthony 9.0/ Harden, Collison, Fisher 9.0
Coaching: Erik Spoelstra 8.5/Scott Brooks 9.0
Sports Odds Vegas Overall Talent Edge: OKC +1