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Added May 31st, 2011 by Ryan

NBA Finals Game 1: Mavs @ Heat
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Game 1: Dallas Mavericks @ Miami Heat Tues. May 31, 2011 9 p.m. EST

With a bit of downtime for both teams to recover from a long playoff run, the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks are now set to do battle in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night in South Beach. The consensus around the league and amongst avid NBA fans is that the Miami Heat are favored to come out in this series and win the NBA title, but the Dallas Mavericks are not a team to be taken lightly as they have been underestimated throughout the entire postseason.

With that being said, the Mavs definitely have a legitimate shot of winning an NBA title by getting the best of the Miami Heat’s Big Three. The interesting aspect of this series is that it will be a classic matchup between a high-scoring offense and a lockdown defense. With the Mavs lighting up the scoreboard and the Heat playing some fierce defense throughout the playoffs, it will be interesting to see which team will take control in Game 1.

The Miami Heat do have home court advantage in the NBA Finals as games one and two will be played in South Beach, but no matter where the Dallas Mavericks have played in the playoffs, home or away, they have been successful. The fact that the Mavs have played just as well away from Dallas as they have at home, the Heat will have to impose their will in Game 1.

The biggest question heading into Game 1 will be how the Miami Heat will defend Dirk Nowitzki. Even though Nowitzki could be considered the MVP of the playoffs thus far, LeBron James has played just as well, if not better for the Miami Heat. That means the Mavs could have just as much trouble defending King James.

It will be interesting to see how these two teams attack each other as this is fairly even matchup heading into Game 1.

Game 2: Dallas Mavericks @ Miami Heat Thurs. June 2, 2011 9 p.m. EST

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