Things are all tied up in the NBA Finals through four games, as the NBA betting action really couldn’t be any more tense than it is right now. For the final time this season, the Dallas Mavericks will be hosting a game, and they’ll do so in Game 5 of the Finals against the Miami Heat.
The pressure is probably squarely on the shoulders of the Mavericks in this game, but the truth of the matter is that this is a game in which LeBron James really must shine. James averaged well over 30 points per game once upon a time with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs, but it is clear that this is a totally different type of scenario at this point with the Heat. Sure, LeBron doesn’t need to do as much to win, but it is clear that eight points in 46 minutes on the court just isn’t going to cut it, and neither will 3-of-11 shooting from the floor. Even James admits that he really needs to get his butt in gear in this series. The other thing missing from the Miami assault from Game 4 was a sharpshooter outside of Dwyane Wade. Sure, Wade and Chris Bosh got their points, but no one else ended up in double digits in scoring for the game. Mario Chalmers, a man that has made a real name for himself as an assassin on the outside, didn’t knock down a long range shot on Wednesday, and as a result, the Miami offense really did lack. The defense has been fine, but the offense really does need some work for the Heat to win this series.
And the ballade of Dirk Nowitzki continues… Sick as a dog, the German star came out swinging in the fourth quarter in Game 4, leading the Mavs to a big time final stanza to come back to beat the Heat by a triple. For the second time in this series, it wasn’t the most efficient game in the world for Nowitzki, and it certainly wasn’t his prettiest game of all time, but scoring 21 points and hauling in 11 boards makes up for the fact that he shot just 6-of-19 from the floor, especially when you consider how many of those shots were nailed in the fourth quarter. Tyson Chandler has been a key to frustrating the Miami offense as well. Dallas’ big guy had 16 boards, nine of which came on the offensive end of the court on Wednesday, and he had 13 points. Shawn Marion scored 16 to continue his big time series, while both Jason Terry and DeShawn Stevenson came off of the bench to combine for 28 points. Stevenson hit three triples on the night, and he clearly had the biggest game of his series in spite of the fact that he was taken out of the starting lineup and put on the bench to start Game 4.
Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks Pick: At some point, LeBron has to wake up… right? And look no further than his 2007 performance in the Eastern Conference Finals to know that when LeBron is on, no one stops him. Dallas’ job is still only half done, yet it feels like this series really could be, and maybe should be over had Miami not lost focus. Don’t be surprised if for the second time in this three games in Dallas, the boys from South Beach get the job done. Go with Miami +1.
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