Miami Heat (36-38) face the Dallas Mavericks (29-45) in the NBA 2019 League on Thursday night at the American Airlines Arena, with Heat hoping to seal the final playoff spot and Mavericks aiming to end this season on a high note.
The Miami Heat was defeated in their last contest by the Orlando Magic 104 – 99 at home. Dion Waiters lead the game with 26 points while Reserve Dwyane Wade scored 22 points. The loss landed the Heat to ninth spot in the Eastern Conference table and the club are only half a game behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Dallas Mavericks dropped a close game to Sacramento Kings 125-121 at home on Tuesday night in their last game. Dallas made a decent start in the game down by only two points in the first quarter, followed by two-point lead at the first half and maintained the lead till the third quarter. In the last quarter, the Kings outscored their opponents to 38-32, closing the deal. Mavericks’ Luka Dončić had contributed with 28 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds.
Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks Preview and Prediction
Miami Heat has fallen into a role of inconsistency as they will win a bunch and then lose a bunch of games. Still, they are playing the best basketball of the season, winning ten out of the their fifteen games, including the road games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.
Mavericks are in a terrible run of form this season and has already been eliminated from playoff contention as they sits second-last in the Western Conference table. The club are in such bad shape for the last few weeks that they’ve lost 8 of their last 10 games, including the last four out of five games against the Sacramento Kings (twice), the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Heat are more able than Mavericks to dribble, pass, and shoot the ball. Also, Heat has defeated Mavericks in the same league this season. We expect Heat will continue their good form and will seal their play-off spot.
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