Sat, Jun 11, 12:25am by Kevin Pitstock
Game: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks
Date/Time: Monday June 13th, 2011 / 10:00am AEST
LeBron James and his Miami Heat dreamed about this series at the beginning of July when he decided to take his talents to South Beach. Most likely for James the situation was different, and they were not trailing in the series 3-2, on the blink of elimination. That’s where the Heat stand when they get together with the Mavericks on Monday in game six of the NBA Finals. The only good news for Miami, is the final two games will be played in South Beach.
Miami Heat Overview:
Miami won 30 games during the regular season at home, and have only lost one in all of the postseason at home. The Heat won 58 games during the regular season, which was the second most in the Eastern Conference. The Heat defeated Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago to get to the NBA Finals.
The Heat are searching for answers, and their top one is LeBron James in the fourth quarter. The Heat star, who scored over 26 points per game during the regular season has scored just two points in the final two games fourth quarters. That is a problem for a Heat team that relies on their big three so much. Miami is in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006 when Dwyane Wade and SHAQ teamed up to win the NBA Finals; ironically over Dallas.
Dallas Mavericks Overview:
The Dallas Mavericks saw Jason Terry come up huge in the game five win, and are now just one win away from a NBA title. Terry hit a big shot late in the game, as well as dished out numerous key assists. Terry’s presence took the load off leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki, who still ended with 29 points.
The Mavericks won 57 games during the regular season, which tied them with the Lakers for second most in all of the NBA. THe Mavericks finished in second place in the Southwest Division; falling behind only San Antonio. Dallas has won 50 or more games in six straight seasons.
Heat/Mavericks Pick and Prediction:
For two straight games, we have taken the minor underdog, in Miami, and they have pushed the first night and lost last night. We are going with the underdog again in game six, and taking Dallas +6. We think Miami will win this game close, but Dallas will cover the spread. There will be a game seven in South Beach next week.
Our pick: Dallas Mavericks +6 over Miami Heat. Bet the Mavericks at Centrebet.
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