Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks look to bounce back against the Miami Heat in game four tonight. The Mavericks are 3-point favorites over the heat with an over/under total set at 187.
Game three looked very similar to game two with the Heat jumping out to an early double-digit lead before a methodical Mavericks team fought back to level it up. Once again, the stage was set for Dirk Nowitzki to carry put the team on his back and win it all, but the stifling Miami defense, who was fantastic for 48 minutes, forced a turnover and a tough look at the last second shot as the Heat won by 88-86.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with a game-high 34 points and 11 rebounds while Jason Terry chipped in with 15 points. Jason Kidd scored just nine points but made 10 assists while the Mavericks other point guard, JJ Barea continued his struggles against the Heat, failing to capitalize on countless open looks and finishing with just six points. The Mavericks poor shooting once again meant that they had to play catch up from the tipoff and while they had a shot to win it at the end, it is only a matter of time before the Heat learn to shut the gates on a game. For the Mavericks to stay alive in this series, someone from the bench like Barea or Stojakovic need to make their shots and be that offensive spark for the Mavericks
For the Heat, Dwayne Wade was sensational once again, scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds without committing a single turnover, while LeBron James had a quieter game chipping in with 17 points and nine assists. Chris Bosh had a solid game on offense, finishing with 18 points including the clutch game-winner, but perhaps a more encouraging factor has been the shooting form of bench player, Mario Chalmers who hit four three-pointers to finish with 12 points off the bench.
The Heat were able to wrestle back control of the series with another dominant display of defense, closing out on the Mavs shooters while making Nowitzki work for all his points. We are still waiting on LeBron to have a blowout offensive night, but as long as Wade is scoring so freely, LeBron will be happy to play second fiddle. Things really are going pretty much to plan for the Heat but the Mavs have so much room for improvement and in this “must win” game, I think they do. Take the Mavericks minus the three.
Dallas Mavericks -3 Miami Heat