Big Al: Pre-series thoughts on Oklahoma City Thunder - Miami Heat NBA Finals matchup

Lets face it, the NBA is new to Oklahoma. But it's OK to get a little greedy, right?

The Positives:

Miami comes in with the MVP, but the Thunder come in healthy.

OKC has been awesome at home and took care of three different champions in three successive series.

The Thunder outplayed Dallas, LA and San Antonio, winners of 10 of the last 13 NBA Championships. If they win this one, it will be 11 of the last 13 champions.

This spotlight should not hinder the young Thunder. Because they're young, not inexperienced. This team has played together for four years now.

In fact an argument can be made the Thunder have more experience playing together than the Heat do. Lebron, Dwayne and Bosh have only been "The Big Three" for the past two seasons.

The Thunder are deeper.

They run faster collectively.

Matchups?

Interesting. Who guards James? Who guards Durant? Those are the things we won't know until a good five minutes into the game.

Look for Scott Brooks to play more of his bench in Game 1 to see which combination works best.

My Prediction:

Lebron James will get his points, but not in every game.

Wade is having knee trouble and will not be able to play more than 40 minutes. Bosh is just coming back from injury.

Miami had a hard time putting away Indiana and Boston, and -- let's face it -- the East just is not as tough as the West.

Here is the breakdown. Thunder take the first two at home, win one of three in Miami, and clinch at home in Game 6. Thunder in six.

Sure sounds good.

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