The NBA Finals are finally here, and here at Bang the Book, we have all of our NBA Finals picks for the first game of what should be a great series between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs have had an absolutely amazing postseason. This has been a postseason of overcoming the NBA odds for Dallas. This was a team that never really figured out how to play well in the postseason, especially in the face of adversity. Adversity was definitely here in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 when the Mavericks blew a tremendous lead in the fourth quarter. They fought back and won Games 5 and 6, and they have only lost one game, the second game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. It has also been a postseason of redemption for Dirk Nowitzki. Again, this is a man that historically hasn’t played well in the second season. Not only has he put up his numbers at 28.4 points per game in these playoffs, but he has really come up with the biggest points at the most crucial moments. He’s also had a lot of help from the likes of Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd, and especially Jason Terry, who has had an epic performance in the playoffs from beyond the arc.
And then there are the Heat, who are hoping to rekindle the spirit of the 2006 season in which they beat none other than these Mavericks in the NBA Finals for their first and only championship. Dwyane Wade is basically the only main piece to the puzzle that is still hanging around on this team. He won NBA Finals MVP that year in spite of the fact that he basically played second fiddle on that team to Shaquille O’Neal, and this might be the exact same situation this year now that he is likely playing second fiddle to LeBron James. This is a postseason of redemption for “The King,” as well, as he has only made one absolutely atrocious showing in the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. This is why LeBron left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the bright lights of South Beach, as he has a heck of a lot of help in the form of Wade and Chris Bosh. Bosh came up large against the Chicago Bulls against some of the best bigs in the league, and now, he is going to have his hands full tracking down the Dallas bigs.
Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks Pick: For as hot as Dallas has been, Miami has won four games in a row and really hasn’t had all that much of a struggle at all in the playoffs. Don’t be shocked if the Mavericks really end up struggling in the first game in this series in spite of the fact that they haven’t been beaten in a road game in over a month. Go with the Heat -4.5 in the first game in the NBA Finals.
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