NBA OddsThose checking out Belmont odds will be looking forward to a rematch between Animal Kingdom and Shackleford, the winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown. In the NBA, betting players and fans alike will be getting a rematch of the 2006 Finals, when Miami stormed back from two games down to defeat Dallas. Can the Mavericks avenge that controversial loss?

Mavericks vs. Heat Betting – Tuesday, 9:00 PM ET (Game 1)

The Mavericks have been incredibly impressive over the postseason, taking care of Portland in six games before a four-game demolition of the two-time defending champions from Los Angeles, including a 36-point rout in the final game of Phil Jackson’s coaching career. The Mavericks then beat Oklahoma City in a tough five-game series, and you could argue that Dirk Nowitzki has been the best player of the playoffs. His defenders would have more luck in an online casino than trying to guard Nowitzki’s unblockable fadeway jumper, and he’s averaging 28.4 points per game. The Mavericks get scoring off the bench with Jason Terry and J.J. Barea, and Tyson Chandler has made them a better defensive team than they have been in the past.

The Heat have won all three of their series in five games, dispatching of Philadelphia before an emotional win over Boston, and finally Miami topped Chicago, the top overall seed. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh dominate the team in scoring and take turns carrying the offensive load, while it looks like James has developed into the role of close. But it’s on the defensive end where the Heat really shine, as they have allowed 88.3 points, and they’ve been one of the best defensive teams in the league all season long. James may be the most versatile defender in the league, while the rest of the team has adhered to coach Erik Spoelstra’s principles.

Miami is a -175 favorite to win the title in your pay per head sportsbook, while the Mavericks are rated at +155, and since losing that 2006 series, Dallas is 10-0 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 against the Heat, with six games going over the posted total. Both teams have been very good to betting players in the playoffs, but only one can win this series. The Mavericks have been a good story, and a lot of people have been pulling for Nowitzki and Jason Kidd to get their first rings, but you know the saying: defense wins championships, and Miami’s defense is much better. Unless the Dallas bench can be vastly superior to their Miami counterparts, the Mavericks can’t win this series. Take the Miami Heat to go all the way in your online sportsbook.

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