(The Spread) - It appeared as though the Dallas Mavericks were on the verge of staging another impressive late-game comeback against the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but the Eastern Conference Champion Heat managed to hang on, taking a 2-1 series lead in the process.
Now the two clubs will rest up before they set out for Game 4 on Tuesday, where the Mavs are listed as -3 favorites according to oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog.
Will Dirk Nowitzki return to elite form after a pair of mistakes at the end of Game 3? Sure, Nowitzki walked away from Sunday’s showdown with 34 points and 11 rebounds, but a costly turnover and missed fadeaway jumper in the final seconds tilted the scales in Miami’s favor.
In their first win of the series it was LeBron James leading the way for Miami, but this time around it was Dwyane Wade who took command, pacing the club with 29 points and 11 boards.
Consider the box score a gentle reminder that it’s never too early to start thinking about NBA Finals MVP.
If Dallas wins the series, the choice is obvious for the award, but now that the Heat are leading by a game, Wade-James alpha dog status is once again up for debate.