Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks NBA Finals Game 3 Expert Picks, Odds and Predictions – NBA Playoffs Betting Preview 6/5/11: Forward LeBron James will regroup the stunned Miami Heat as they head on the road to the American Airlines Center to take on big sharp shooter Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks for game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday evening at 8:00 PM ET on ABC Sports. The Mavericks came back from 15 points down with about 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter to beat the Heat at home 95-93 and even the series 1-1 with the next 3 games in Dallas and games 6 & 7 back in Miami if necessary. The odds makers at Bodog have the Dallas Mavericks a -2 point favorite at home against the Miami Heat.
Nowitzki’s injured left hand looked fine as he finished off the comeback with a drive past Chris Bosh to the left and the game winning layup with his left hand en route to 24 points as well as 11 boards and 4 assists to lead Dallas to the victory. Forward Shawn Marion had another productive night with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists while big Tyson Chandler pulled down 7 boards with 13 points. Point Guard Jason Kidd only scored 6 points but had 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Jason Terry came off the bench to chip in 16 points as well. The Mavs improved their rebounding and showed a better ability to score on the vaunted Heat defense in game 2. Vegas odds makers have the over/under for the total score at 186 points combined of the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
The Heatles looked good through 3 ½ quarters and shooting guard Dwayne Wade finally seemed to be getting to the rim and scoring with 36 points to go along with 5 boards and 6 assists for the game. But down the stretch the Heat offense went to the “prevent defense” used unsuccessfully by football teams, but their version was to milk the shot clock down and launch a difficult 2 or 3 point shot in hopes it would put the game away. LeBron finished with 20 points 8 rebounds and 4 assist while Bosh added 12 points and 8 boards to go with his brief bad defense. Miami’s bench only scored 11 total points 9 by Mario Chalmers. Vegas odds makers have the Miami Heat -175 to win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship.
I predict a Heat upset win on the road.
Free Pickk: Miami Heat +2.5
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|GAME 3 NBA Finals Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks
Time: 9:00 PM EST on ABC
2011 NBA Finals Championship Series: Series Tied 1-1
Vegas Odds –
Favorite: Dallas Mavericks -2.5(pointspread) Total: Over/Under 189
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