The National Basketball Association championship begins Tuesday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Western Conference champion, and the Miami Heat, the Eastern Conference champion, compete in the NBA Finals. The matchup between Kevin Durant and LeBron James takes its place among other major battles of 2012 including Lane Pryce vs. Pete Campbell, Batman vs. Bane and Mark Sanchez vs. Tim Tebow.
But players won’t decide who hoists the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy. Here’s a series of facts in a best-of-seven format that indicate who will win.
This will be the fifth NBA Finals involving a Florida team. The Western Conference champion is 3-1 in these series. Oklahoma City 1-0
The Heat are the only Florida team to win the NBA Finals, defeating the Dallas Mavericks in 2006. The Western Conference champion is 13-11 since the Heat began play in 1988. Oklahoma City 2-0
In the 1974 film The Godfather Part II, Hyman Roth lives in Miami. The Western Conference champion is 20-17 since the film’s theatrical release. Oklahoma City 3-0
President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974. The Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics won the Finals that year. Oklahoma City 3-1
The Celtics lost in the Eastern Conference Finals this year. The Western Conference champion is 8-3 when Boston loses in the that round. Oklahoma City 4-1
The positive of Oklahoma City winning: The state of Oklahoma has something else to be known for other college football and a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
The negative: More misery for Seattle SuperSonics fans.