NBA Finals 2012: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat, Game 4 Odds

Jeff GrantContributor IJune 18, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 17:  LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat talk on court in the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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LeBron James is just two wins away from capturing his first NBA championship, but he doesn't have to look very far to see how the Oklahoma City Thunder responded the last time they dropped two consecutive games.

The Miami Heat are currently 3.5-point home favorites in the betting odds for Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals (provided by SBR Forum), while the total has held steady at its opening number of 191.5.

Oklahoma City isn't going to panic being in a 2-1 hole in this best-of-seven series, considering it rattled off four straight victories to eliminate the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference final, after falling short in the first two contests.

The Thunder are 14-7 when revenging a loss against an opponent this year, which includes the 91-85 setback they suffered as four-point road underdogs in Game 3 on Sunday night.

James has paced Miami's offense in the first three games of the series, averaging 30.3 points per game, while also grabbing a total of 31 rebounds. He has guided the squad to a 9-2 record at home during the 2012 NBA playoffs to this point.

The Heat land in a perfect situation Tuesday night in South Beach, posting a 4-0 straight-up record inside the American Airlines Arena when favored by 3.5 to 6 points during the 2011-12 season, while covering the point spread in three of those contests.

I suggest laying a smallish number before the ball tips at 9:00 ET on ABC.

Pick: Miami Heat -3.5


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