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Mavericks Heat Betting – Defense Leads Heat To A Game 7 Showdown

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/6/2014 9:48:14 PM

Online betting players have been watching a spectacular NBA Finals matchup between Dallas and Miami, with twists and turns and full of drama. The Mavericks won a shootout in their final home game of the season on Thursday night, and now will try to close out the series on Sunday, but look for Miami to turn up the “Heat” on defense to force a Game 7.

  • What: NBA Betting
  • When: Sunday, June 12th, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
  • Pick: Miami Heat

Why Bet On Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks looked incredibly confident in Game 5’s 112-103 win, and their vaunted offense finally took off, shooting 56.5% from the field and hitting 13 three-points, one short of the NBA Finals record. Dirk Nowtizki had another great game with 29 points, but this time he got some help down the stretch in the form of Jason Terry, who had 21 points, and eight of those came in the final three minutes of the game. Everyone knows that Nowitzki is going to get his shots and points, but he can’t beat the Heat on his own, and Terry finally stepped up in this series to be the Robin to Nowitzki’s Batman. Jason Kidd also had his first double-digit scoring game of the series with 13 points, while adding six assists and three steals. Dallas got firepower from everywhere on Thursday night, and they’ll need more to close out the series in Miami.

Dallas was outrebounded 36-26, and the Heat outscored them 46-34 in the paint, but it didn’t matter as they were red hot from three-point land. Dallas just needs their role players to carry over their solid play from Game 5 on the road, where they lost Game 1 and would have lost Game 2 if not for a late rally.

Why Bet On Miami Heat

Miami’s NBA betting odds have taken a tumble as they return home with their backs against the wall, but they can take some positives away from Game 5. They also shot well, hitting 52.9% of their shots and going 8-of-20 from beyond the arc. Five players scored in double figures, and their bench outscored their Dallas counterparts 40-32. Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem combined for 25 points to give the Heat a spark off the bench, and even Juwan Howard hit all three of his field-goal attempts. Dwyane Wade had 23 points and eight assists, and he played through a left hip contusion that he suffered in the first quarter, while Chris Bosh added 19 points and 10 boards, and LeBron James had what will probably be known as the most underwhelming triple-double in Finals history with 17 points, 10 boards and 10 assists.

It’s not fair to put the load all on one person, but James once again came up short down the stretch. At least he was trying a little more than Game 4, but he just couldn’t make any of his jumpers. James also went to the line twice, making one shot, and that’s not good enough to the player that many consider to be the best baller on the planet. Hopefully, James’ confidence will return at home, and he’ll need to step up his game because no one knows how healthy Wade is.

How It Will Play Out

The Heat are 6-point NBA betting favorites at home on Sunday, and they’ve been excellent in Miami during the postseason, going 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS. However, that one loss came against the Mavericks in Game 2, when Nowitzki scored Dallas’ final nine points of the game to lead them to another comeback victory.

This game will be won by defense, and you can bet that the Heat will tighten up at that end of the floor after letting the Mavericks run wild in Game 5. Expect James to be more assertive as well, and he doesn’t even have to score every points down the stretch to be effective, he just has to make plays, and he hasn’t done that at either end of the floor, basically since Game 1. This is going to a seventh game based on Miami’s defensive intensity, so bet on the Heat in your sports betting picks.

Mavericks Heat Betting Pick: Miami Heat


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