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Dime’s 2012 NBA Finals Predictions

By 06.12.12

Kevin Smith
OKC in 7
If Game 7 were to be played on a neutral location I might have to pick Miami. However, it’s too close of a matchup not to pick seven games and the Thunder are nearly unbeatable on their home floor.
MVP:
Kevin Durant. I feel as if it’s predetermined that whoever wins the LeBron vs. Durant matchup is destined to win the MVP.
X-Factor:
A 100 percent healthy Chris Bosh. Bosh will be counted on to knock down his jumpers so that Serge Ibaka can be lured out of the paint. The only problem is that it’s hard to knock down jumpers from the bench. If Bosh is logging major minutes and providing James and Wade with room to operate, look out.
Surprise of the series will be:
Miami loses but not because of LeBron. People have such short memories that they don’t remember him putting teams on his back in Cleveland. Although I’m predicting OKC to win the series, I think LeBron will average 30-plus points a night. HE IS NOT A CHOKER. Looks like Skip Bayless will have to pick on somebody else this summer.

Terrence Payne
@terrence_payne
OKC in 6
Oklahoma City has the ingredients of a champion; just shocking how quickly it all came together. OKC has shown the ability to come from behind in games, as well as make adjustments during the middle of series. James Harden provides the Thunder with an extra perimeter player that Miami needs to account for.
MVP:
Kevin Durant
X-Factor:
James Harden/Chris Bosh
Surprise of the series will be:
This is going to be one of the highest scoring series in recent memory. Both teams like to get out on the fast break and with some of the game’s top scorers, each game has the potential to go well past 100.

Eitan Tye
OKC in 7
LeBron is going to keep the Heat in this series (with some help from Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers) and Wade will finally find a consistent stroke, but in Game 7’s battle of superstars in front of OKC’s deafening home crowd, Kevin Durant will take the crown from the king.
MVP:
Kevin Durant
X-Factor:
Chris Bosh. The perennially overlooked member of Miami’s ‘Big Three’ (which has really been the ‘Big One’ thus far in the playoffs with LeBron James) holds the key to this series. He came alive in Game 7 against the Celtics with 19 points on 8-10 shooting (including 3-4 from beyond the arc), and if he can keep up this efficiency, coupled with a newfound three-point shot, OKC will have no answer. Most people are looking at LeBron to win Miami the series and he will no-doubt be critical, but watch out if Bosh gets hot.
Surprise of the series will be:
The point-guard matchup. Everyone was so transfixed by Rajon Rondo‘s triple-doubles and impossible layups in the Eastern Conference Finals that they missed Mario Chalmers averaging 12 points and almost five assists per game. The guy had confidence going up against Rondo and will not be afraid to put the ball on the floor against Russell Westbrook. Couple that with Westbrook’s streaky decision-making/scoring/shooting (37.8 percent from the field against the Spurs) in the playoffs and this matchup could tip Miami’s way if Chalmers ups his defensive intensity.

Rachel Marcus
@racmar
Miami in 6
Before LeBron completely went off in this last series, I may have gone with the Thunder. But as much as you can say everyone wants it bad, the look in LeBron’s eyes make it seem like there’s no way he’s losing these Finals. And having Bosh back is huge.
MVP:
LeBron. See above.
X-factor:
Kevin Durant. It seems obvious, but Durant is still Durant and will never have the Thunder completely out of this series.
Surprise:
How good Derek Fisher is. He kind of bottomed out lately, but his veteran presence, although not enough to topple the Heat, will give OKC an edge.

Stephen Bailey
OKC in 6
The OKC bench and supporting cast will be the difference. Miami just doesn’t have the depth to match up.
MVP:
Kevin Durant
X-Factor:
Serge Ibaka
Surprise of the series will be:
Kendrick Perkins’ effect on the game. His physical presence will keep LeBron James and Dwyane Wade uncomfortable in the paint.

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