The Miami Heat are just a few games away now from beating the NBA Finals odds for the second time in team history. They’re going to be back at it again on Thursday night in NBA betting action against a Dallas Mavericks team that badly needs a pick me up after a bad 92-84 loss on Tuesday.
NBA Playoffs Preview: Dallas Mavericks @ Miami Heat Game 2
Date: Thursday, June 1st, 9:00 ET
Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami , FL
Game Line: Miami -4.5
Mavericks Notes: The Mavericks picked a really, really bad time to have their worst shooting game of the postseason. Game 1 of NBA Finals betting action was a disaster for them, as they shot just 37.3 percent from the field and knocked down just 16 shots from inside the three point line. In fact, it’s truly amazing that Dallas had a better shooting percentage from the outside at 40.9 percent. Tyson Chandler was definitely missing in action. No, he isn’t the most athletic player on the court, but he definitely is one of the more physical bodies out there. He only had four rebounds for the game, and he spent plenty of time on the bench in foul trouble. Nine points won’t cut it either if the Mavs are going to win the NBA title, and Head Coach Rick Carlisle knows that he needs more out of his big man in the middle to be able to beat the Heat. Jason Kidd only had nine points as well, while for Jason Terry, a dozen points on 3-of-10 shooting was awful. In fact, the whole bench only shot 4-of-22 for the game, and we know that that just won’t get the job done. To make matters worse Dirk Nowitzki ended up hurting his finger in the first duel of these two titans, and though he won’t end up missing any time with the injury, his shooting could definitely be harmed. He only shot 7-of-18 from the floor in a relatively bad effort, but he did knock down all 12 foul shots that he attempted and ended the game with 27 points, a game high. Shawn Marion had a nice game with 16 points and 10 boards, but it wasn’t nearly enough to lead Dallas to a Game 1 win, marking its fifth straight loss in the NBA Finals, all of which have come against Miami.
Heat Notes: The King is really starting to look like he is ready to accept his crown as the man sitting atop the NBA betting world. LeBron James knocked down nine of his 16 shots, including 4-of-5 from long range to lead the way for Miami with 24 points. He also had nine boards and five assists, but most importantly, he only turned the ball over once. Dwyane Wade was the second player that caused double the trouble for the Mavericks in terms of their defense. Wade scored 22 points and 10 boards, and six assists, the latter two of which were game high and team high numbers. However, we know that it is going to take more than just these two to be able to win it all, as all of the best teams in the history of this league have had role players to go with their stars. Chris Bosh had a great showing against Chandler and the rest of the Dallas bigs in Game 1, scoring 19 points and accounting for nine rebounds, and he had the best +/- for the game of any player on either side at +11. Off of the bench, Udonis Haslem scored seven points and had six boards in spite of the fact that he battled foul trouble all night, while Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller proved to be sparks with five triples made between them. If the defense for Miami can keep up like this and Dirk has problems with his hand though, this really could be a short series, and Head Coach Erik Spoelstra knows that this is truly the key to victory.
The Final Word: What we found out in Game 1 is that the Heat and the Mavericks just don’t belong on the same court together. Miami has hit its stride at the right time this season, and there is nothing that is going to deny it from being a champion. The Heat are the real deal, and they’re going to once again make relatively short work of a Dallas team that doesn’t have enough talent, doesn’t have enough confidence, and doesn’t have enough willpower to win a game on the road in this series. Don’t be shocked if this series is half over by the time that Thursday night’s NBA betting festivities are said and done with.
Free NBA Playoffs Picks: Miami Heat -4.5
Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction: Miami 91 – Dallas 80