(The Spread) - It may have taken them a game and three quarters to figure it out, but the Dallas Mavericks eventually found a way to use their superstar Dirk Nowitzki to their advantage in an NBA Finals series littered with All-Stars.
In the fourth quarter of their Game 2 match up on Miami turf, the Mavs capitalized on the constant double teams that swarmed Nowitzki every time he touched the ball. After a series of good looking feeds to teammates Jason Kidd and Jason Terry, Nowitzki finally found a shooting touch that had been missing for the majority of the first half.
Now with the series tied at one game apiece, the two clubs will head to Dallas for Game 3 of the series. The Mavs victory in South Beach effectively transfers home court advantage from the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat to a Dallas team many feared wouldn’t even make it out of the first round of the playoffs.
Now, with two games in the books and a lot of NBA experts reconsidering how the series will go down, the Mavericks have been listed as -3 favorites to win Game 3 according to oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog.
Think the Mavericks will be able to capitalize on the momentum from their Game 2 victory as the series shifts to Texas? Keep in mind that the Heat looked, for the majority of the game, the superior club - especially as stars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James exercised their individual dominance.
2011 NBA Finals Game 3 Odds & Totals
705 Miami Heat +2.5 (188.5)
706 Dallas Mavericks –2.5 (188.5)