With the series tied up at 1-1, the teams now go to Dallas for the next three games of the series.
Since the NBA adopted the 2-3-2 home court format in 1985, the NBA Finals have been tied at 1-1 11 times. Whoever won Game 3 went on to win the series all 11 times.
Needless to say, Game 3 is critical for both teams. However, the Mavericks have the edge and should come out victorious.
Here are five reasons why the Mavericks will win Game 3.
The Mavericks have been on fire from the charity stripe, going 42-53 in the first two games of the series.
Dirk Nowtizki has especially been great from the free throw line, hitting all 15 of his free throws.
With a lead late in a game, the Mavericks will be able to seal the victory due to their excellent free throw percentage.
After being outscored 27-17 in Game 1, the Maverick bench came to life in Game 2, outscoring the Heat bench 23-11.
Jason Terry in particular played well, scoring 16 points while going a perfect 6-6 from the line.
The Mavericks bench is deeper than the Heat, and they will once again show that in Game 3.
The Mavs have stolen home court advantage from the Heat by winning Game 2, and don’t want to relinquish it so soon.
American Airlines Center was raucous after the Mavs won Game 2 and there wasn’t even a game being played.
On Sunday, look for the Mavs faithful to be loud as they cheer on their hometown team to a victory.
The Mavericks’ superstar was exceptional down the stretch, scoring the final nine points for Dallas.
Not only is Dirk Nowitzki the Mavericks’ best offensive weapon, but he lead the team in rebounds in Game 2.
Expect another great performance from Nowitzki in Game 3, propelling his team to victory.
When Dallas played Miami in the 2006 Finals, Dwayne Wade lead a fourth quarter surge in Game 3 to lead the Heat to an improbable victory and cut the series deficit to 2-1.
Three games later, Wade and the Heat were hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy as NBA Champs.
Dallas’ Game 2 comeback resembles the Heat in ’06, and that kind of momentum can work wonders.
The Mavericks role into Game 3 with a lot of confidence, and the Heat still don’t take them seriously.
In his postgame news conference, Dwayne Wade dismissed his taunting of the Mavericks’ bench as a fabrication of the media and that he did no such thing.
However, after Wade held his follow through to put the Heat up by 15, the Mavericks started their comeback to ultimately win the game.
The Heat arrogance, combined with the Maverick confidence, only shifts momentum even more to Dallas’ side.
The Mavericks will continue their hot play from Game 2 to win Game 3 at home on Sunday.