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2012 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: NBA Finals

Kevin Durant and LeBron James looks to be one of the most exciting match-ups in recent memory. (serebii.net)

The NBA Finals are here, and it’s an explosive match-up between two very powerful teams. Will Oklahoma City’s youth or Miami’s Big Three carry the day? That’s what we’re here to predict.

Overall, the Heat are predicted to come up short once again, once more denying LeBron James that elusive NBA title. It also looks to be a deep series, naturally, with everyone picking it to go at least six games. Even though Kevin Durant is OKC’s marquee player, others are getting votes for MVP as well, so look for the Thunder to mix things up.

Speaking of the MVP, that’s the newest scoring category, introduced for this final round. And in addition, all point values are doubled. That makes the series winner worth four points, while the number of games the series will last and the MVP of the series are worth two points each. In the event of a tie, whoever guesses closest to LeBron James’ point total over the whole series gets the edge.

So now that the ground rules are laid out, be sure to check below for the complete picks, and check back one the Finals are finished for the final standings.

Name Aryeh Edward John Josh Nick
Thunder vs
Winner Thunder Heat Thunder Thunder Thunder
Series Length 7 7 6 6 6
MVP Serge Ibaka LeBron James Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook
Tiebreaker James Points 225 210 180 175 183
Total Points 27 28 27 24 25

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