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NBA Finals Odds: Mavericks vs. Heat

Down 1-0 in the NBA Finals the Dallas Mavericks look to even up the series tonight when they face the Miami Heat in Game 2.

The Heat took Game 1 on Tuesday night 92-84 as a 4.5-point home favorite. LeBron James led the Heat with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and eight rebounds for Dallas.

View Dallas vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Mavericks are listed as 4.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, with the total listed at 186.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Heat and the No. 6-ranked Mavericks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 106-102 result in favor of the Heat.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Miami's No. 9-rated squad against Dallas's No. 14-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Miami rates No. 11 in the league with 6.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 8 with 7.9 per outing.

Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 96.8 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the league in scoring at home.

Dallas was a 92-84 loser in its last match on the road against the Heat. They failed to cover the 4.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 176 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Dirk Nowitzki went off for 27 points and added 8 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Miami defeated Dallas, 92-84 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Miami are 10-0
After playing Miami are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Dallas are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Mavericks at Heat trends to consider:
Dallas is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing Miami
Dallas is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Dallas

Next up:
Dallas home to Miami, Sunday, June 5
Miami at Dallas, Sunday, June 5