The Dallas Mavericks travel down to South Beach tonight to take on the Miami Heat at 7:30 pm. If you’re looking to go to the game, make sure to check out the Miami Heat from TicketCity for the best ticket deals on the market.
The Mavericks have a new look that has worked pretty well for them so far, as they hold a 5-3 record. They come into tonight’s game having won 4 of their last 6. Dirk Nowitzki (18.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg) still remains but he’s got a pretty new cast around him. New addition Monta Ellis (22.5 ppg, 4.8 apg) looks to be rejuvenated and his new backcourt mate Jose Calderon (10.3 ppg, 5.5 apg) had brought stability that the Mavs were missing last year. Shawn Marion (12.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.38 spg, 1.38 bpg) remains one of the most underrated productive players in the league. The Mavericks currently rank 4th in the league in Points Per Game (106.8), but 23rd in Points Allowed Per Game (103.3).
For the Heat, they come in having won 4 of 5, including the last game, a 118-95 rout of Milwaukee. LeBron James (25.5 ppg, 7.3 apg, 5.5 rpg) looked like his usual self, scoring 33 points in 3 quarters. Dwyane Wade (18.4 ppg, 5.1 apg, 5.0 rpg) looks like his knees are holding up well and he’s looked great in FLASHES, especially against the Clippers last Thursday. A pleasant surprise for the Heat has been Michael Beasley (11.7 ppg), showing the scoring ability that landed him at the #2 pick in the 2008 draft.
This game plays into the hands of the Heat as the Mavericks struggle defensively. Dallas’ defense should be no match for the most efficient offense in the league. Miami seemed to have found their groove against the Bucks, and there’s no reason to believe that this game will be different.
Prediction: Heat 105, Mavericks 90.