Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks NBA Finals Game 5 Expert Tips, Picks, Odds and Predictions – NBA Playoffs Betting Tips 6/9/11: Two time MVP LeBron James will remain in Dallas with his Miami Heat to take on the big German sharp shooter Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks for game 5 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Center at 9:00 PM ET on ABC Sports. The Mavericks evened the series 2-2 with a home victory on Tuesday evening leaving the Finals a best of 3 with tonight’s game the last at home for the Mavs before returning to Miami for the final game or two if necessary.

Nowitzki was sick on Tuesday with a temperature reportedly over 101 degrees but still came through in the clutch with a layup to put the Mavs up 3 points for good. The Heat could not convert a clean inbound pass to Dwayne Wade and had to heave a desperation shot to try and tie the game and go to overtime. This series is shaping up as one of the closest ever with the last 3 games not being decided till the last shot and no 4 games in the Finals have ever been decided by fewer than 3 points. The odds makers at Bodog have the Dallas Mavericks a -1 point favorite at home against the Miami Heat.

The Heatles continued to look to Wade for scoring with 32 points Tuesday to go with 6 rebounds and 2 assists but couldn’t make the big shot down the stretch and missed a big free throw that would have tied the game with seconds left. Big Chris Bosh continued to score with 24 points and 6 rebounds as the only other Heat cager with double figures scoring. James was held to just 8 points the lowest output of his 90 career playoff games and has had to answer questions about his no show since. Vegas odds makers have the Miami Heat -175 to win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship.

The Mavericks on the other hand had 5 players in double figures scoring led by Dirk’s 21 points and 11 rebounds while being clearly under the weather. Reserve Jason Terry chipped in 17 points but big Tyson Chandler had his best game with 13 points and pulling down a game high 16 rebounds. The Mavs need a win tonight to have any chance at getting their first NBA Championship. Vegas odds makers have the over/under for the total score at 186 points combined of the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. I predict a Heat upset win on the road for game 5 and close out in 6 at home.

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GAME 5 NBA Finals Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks
Date: 6/9/2011
Time: 9:00 PM EST on ABC
2011 NBA Finals Championship Series: Series Tied 2-2
Vegas Odds
Favorite: Dallas Mavericks -1(pointspread) Total: Over/Under 185
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