As a result, the Mavs are listed yet again as -1.5 points favorites for Game 5 - which will be the final game played in Dallas before the series switches back to Miami for Game 6 and Game 7 (if needed).
Le Bron James went just 3-11 scoring 8 points and was a major disappointment while Dwyane Wade’s mind-numbing fumble at the end of regulation demonstrated that the two superstars charged with the task of carrying the Miami Heat franchise are not infallible.
Instead, it was Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki who rose to the occasion, solidifying his case as one of the game’s best players, despite playing with a fever Nowitzki grabbed 21 points with 10 points in the final quarter.
Though the Heat are set as -230 favorites to win the series, a lot of their future success will come down to how they adapt to the adversity of a gut-wrenching defeat. Can LeBron James silence critics who’ve attacked him relentlessly since his Tuesday night lemon when the Heat tip off on Thursday?
NBA Finals - Game 5 LinesTotal : 185 points
Line : Dallas Mavericks -1½ points.
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