Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, driving for the go-ahead dunk with 2:45 remaining, and the Mavericks beat the Heat 112-103 on Friday to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA finals.
LeBron James, who called this game “now or never,” responded from his worst playoff performance with a triple double finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Dwyane Wade battled through a sore left hip after a first-quarter collision to finish with 23 points.
Jason Terry scored 21 points and J.J. Barea had 17 for the Mavs, but it was their 3 point shooting that got them over the line shooting 13 of 19 from downtown at 68%.
The Mavs will need to keep their hot shooting in Miami if they want to close out the series and win the Larry O”Brien trophy. Game 6 and Game 7 (if req) will both be played in Miami. This should not worry the Mavs too much after a 2 point come from behind victory back in Game 2.
My prediction is that Miami will force a Game 7. The Heat find themselves in the same situation as the Lakers did last year, returning home with their back against the wall down 2-3 needing to win both games to win the Championship.
LeBron returned to form in Game 5 with a triple double but still didn’t shoot the ball that well. For te Heat to win they need James to make some big plays down the stretch, Dwayne Wade to continue his stellar series, Chris Bosh to step it up to another level and Mario Chalmers to continue his sharp shooting off the bench.
The Mavs will carry all the momentum into Game 6 but will they be able to cope with the pressure of closing it out on the Heats home floor for their first even NBA title. Dirk will need to be huge and will need great support from Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion & Jason Terry.
One thing is for sure is that this is going to be a cracker of a match, do yourself a favor Monday morning and sit down and watch it.
My best bet if your looking to have a punt on this game is the Miami Heat to win by over 11 points which is paying 2.90 at Sportsbet where they give you a $200 free bet bundle just for signing up. See more info here.
A few other bets that caught my eye and might be worth a look at were:
Dirk to score more than 27 points at $1.85
Dwayne Wade to score over 18 points which is paying $1.72
LeBron James to have 7 or more assists at $1.75
The last score of the first half to be a 3 point field goal which is paying a decent $4.50