Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat NBA Finals Game 2 Expert Picks, Odds and Predictions – NBA Playoffs Betting Preview 6/2/11: An injured All-Star sharpshooter Dirk Nowitzki will take the court again at the American Airlines Arena with his Dallas Mavericks to take on 2006 Finals MVP Dwayne Wade and the white hot Miami Heat on Thursday evening at 9:00 PM ET on ABC Sports for game 2 of the NBA Finals. The Heat won game 1 on Tuesday 92-84 at home to take a 1-0 series lead in the best of seven that follows a 2-3-2 format with 2 games at Miami, followed by 3 (if necessary) at Dallas, and the games 6 & 7 back at Miami if the series were to go that far.

Nowitzki injured a tendon in a fingertip on his non shooting left hand in game 1 but insists he is ok and it will not negatively affect him in game 2 tonight. During game one the Heat defended Dirk pretty successfully with Joel Anthony and Udonis Haslem on him most of the night and double teaming him often. Dirk still got his points but the role players and bench didn’t step up for the Mavericks as it has in earlier series victories. The NBA Finals is a series of adjustments and Dallas better be turning up something to get more scoring against a tenacious Heat defense. The odds makers at Bodog have the Miami Heat a -4 1/2 point favorite at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Heat were led by the big three who totaled just 65 points with forward LeBron James scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assist in 45 minutes of action. Wade followed with 22 points, 10 boards and 6 assists but seemed hesitant early but made big plays down the stretch while big Chris Bosh added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in another quality outing. Backup point guard Mario Chalmers came off the bench to score 12 points and along with Haslem and Mike Miller were very effective. Vegas odds makers have the Miami Heat -175 to win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship.

Nowitzki poured in 27 points one below his playoff average but hit just 7 of 18 shots while grabbing 8 rebounds and Jason Terry added 12 points but all in the first half off the bench. A bright spot on offense was forward Shawn Merion who was once with the Heat who moved well without the ball to add 16 points pulled down 10 boards and dished 4 dimes. Vegas odds makers have the over/under for the total score at 186 points combined of the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

I predict the Heatles win again at home to stay undefeated at home throughout the playoffs and take a 2-0 lead to Dallas!

Free Pickk: Miami Heat -4.5

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GAME 2 NBA Finals Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat
Date: 6/2/2011
Time: 9:00 PM EST on ABC
2011 NBA Finals Championship Series: Miami Leads Series 1-0
Vegas Odds -
Favorite: Miami Heat -4.5(pointspread) Total: Over/Under 186.5
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