NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls, OKC Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IMay 16, 2011

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The NBA Conference Finals have finally arrived. Who will advance to the NBA Betting Finals?

Brandon Ribak breaks down the upcoming games for Tuesday and Wednesday.


Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks (Game 1)

While the Thunder have just finished off the first game seven series of the playoffs, the Mavericks have had a nice stretch of rest since they swept the Lakers.

But too much rest isn't always an advantage.

The Thunder played very well against Memphis, but will they be able to step up their game another notch against Dallas?

The Mavericks will play the first two sports betting games of the series at home, where they are undefeated in the playoffs thus far. In addition, Dallas has not let an opposing team score 100 or more points since the start of the postseason.

Spread: Oklahoma City is +6

Prediction: With the way Dallas has played, it will be very difficult for the Thunder to win this battle.

Take the Mavericks with the spread to get a feel for what the series should be like from here on out. 


Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls (CHI 1-0)

After getting crushed by 21 points, the Heat will look to regain confidence in Game 2 with a victory in Chicago. 

The Bulls displayed just how deep their roster is, playing Tom Thibodeau's 10-man rotation and scoring 28 points off of the bench (Miami scored 15 points off the bench).

In addition to the plethora of bench points, the Bulls finished the game with 31 second-chance points, proving that Miami has a lot of catching up to do on the defensive end of the court.

Will LeBron James be able to put the Heat on his shoulders and carry the team to a much needed victory?

Sportsbook Spread: Miami is +2

Prediction: After witnessing Game 1, it would be pretty risky to not take the Bulls for this game.