Thu, Jun 9, 8:42am by Kevin Pitstock
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat
Date/Time: Friday June 10th, 2011 / 11:00am AEST
In the biggest game of the season for both teams, the Dallas Mavericks will play their final home game against the Miami Heat. The series is tied at two after Dallas came away with a thrilling win in game four. The Mavericks and Heat have alternated wins, which would put this game on schedule for a Miami win.
Dallas Mavericks Overview:
For the second time in the series, the Dallas Mavericks took control of the fourth quarter to come away with a win. Dallas used Dirk Nowitzki to take the lead, and seal the deal. Tyson Chandler also played a huge role in the game four win, grabbing 16 rebounds. Chandler led the Mavericks during the regular season with just under 10 rebounds per game.
The Mavericks are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since the 2006 season, when they lost to Miami. Dallas won 57 games during the regular season, which was tied with Los Angeles for second most. The Mavericks have won 50+ games in six straight seasons.
Miami Heat Overview:
The Miami Heat are looking to grab those final two games and win their first NBA title since 2006. The Heat have been the most talked about team in the league since last summer that saw LeBron James and Chris Bosh join forces with Dwyane Wade. James was the leading scorer, and Bosh the leading rebounder, but no doubt the leader on the court has been Dwyane Wade.
Wade nearly turned the ball over in the final seconds of the loss in game four, but was able to get Mike Miller a desperation shot at the buzzer, that was missed. The Heat ranked in the top ten in scoring offense, and scoring defense. Miami scored 102.1 points per game, and allowed 94.6 per game.
Mavericks/Heat Picks and Prediction:
Wow, this has been a great series of basketball. We picked Miami in game four to cover +3, and they pushed it. The line got a little closer for game two, essentially a pick’em, with Miami getting just a slight advantage. We really like the stars of Miami to come through and win this game. In game four, LeBron was held in check and Miami still almost came away with a win. We are going to pick the Miami Heat +1.5 over the Dallas Mavericks in this game. We are pretty confident in our pick of Miami +1.5.
Our pick: Miami Heat +1.5 over Dallas Mavericks. Bet the Heat at Sportingbet.
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