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The Insomniac – Betting tips for all you sleep-deprived punters

| 09.06.2011

With the NBA Finals evenly poised at 2-2, there is certainly every reason to stay up and watch game five between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat and The Insomniac believes that it will be the Mavericks who will take the initiative in the best-of-seven series.

Despite star man Dirk Nowitzki being hampered by a heavy fever, the forward still managed to have enough of an impact to help Dallas shade victory in game four to level the series.

With the German now over his illness and the Mavericks again having home advantage before the final two matches are played in Miami, The Imsomniac believes that Dallas can run out more authoritative winners than when triumphing 86-83 in game four.

Dallas are the slight favourites in the NBA odds at 20/23 to win game five and they certainly have the better team ethos, particularly in terms of when it comes to sharing the points around.

Nowitzki scored 21 points, including a vital ten in the final quarter in game four and it would certainly be no surprise to see him make a greater contribution now that he has shaken off his bug.

With Jason Terry and and Tyson Chandler also liable to have a big impact, the Mavericks may be just too tough to stop.

LeBron James had a shocker in game four and will certainly be keen to put right any suggestions that he is uninterested in his basketball at present.

If James can shoot in double figures, alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh continuing their fine scoring streaks, there is every reason to believe that the fifth match will not only be tight, but also high scoring.

With the last three matches all won by a score in the final second of the fourth quarter, 5/6 looks great value that winning margin for either team will be six points or less, while it is 20/21 that over 183.5 points are scored in the match.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.