The Miami Heat have dropped two straight to the Dallas Mavericks and lost the teams' last NBA Finals meeting at home (Game 2, 10 days ago). But despite that, the Heat are favored by 5.5 points for Game 6 on Sunday, an elimination game in which the Mavericks can clinch their first NBA Championship ever.
The Mavericks were one-point favorites at home for Game 5, and won after a late-game flurry on offense. A year ago, the Los Angeles Lakers faced the same situation that the Heat do: down 3-2 with the final two games of the series at home. L.A. blew out the Boston Celtics in Game 6, and won a tight Game 7 to take the title.
For full championship series coverage, visit our 2011 NBA Finals hub. For more on the Heat's do-or-die Game 6, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For more on the Mavericks' championship quest, visit Mavs Moneyball and our regional hub SB Nation Dallas.