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Heat and Mavericks meet for 2006 rematch

The 2010/11 NBA Finals are set to begin tomorrow evening with Miami being tipped to dominate this best-of-seven series against Dallas.

Monday 30th May 2011



The line-up for the 2010/11 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals has been set with the Miami Heat set to kick things off tomorrow evening by welcoming the Dallas Mavericks for this best-of-seven series. This is a rematch of the 2005/06 NBA Finals ultimately won by Miami with the Heat going into this series as a massive favourite to lift its second Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy with StanJames.com, ToteSport.com and BoyleSports.com offering the Florida franchise at odds of 4/9 to win. Miami had not been past the first round of the NBA Playoffs since that historic first league championship in 2006 but finished the 82-game 2010/11 regular season with the second best record in the Eastern Conference. Erik Spoelstra’s side then brushed aside the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics before easily disposing of the Chicago Bulls to earn its place in the NBA Finals. The 2011 series marks the first time that an NBA Finals game is to be played in the month of May since 1986 owing to negotiations on an impending league-wide lockout at the end of the season with BlueSq.com and 888Sport.com listing odds of 9/20 that Miami will eventually triumph while PaddyPower.com and Bwin.com are offering 10/21. This is also the first rematch of an NBA Finals not involving the Los Angeles Lakers or Celtics since the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz met in 1998 and Coral.co.uk, Bodog.com, VictorChandler.com, WilliamHill.com, UniBet.com, Intertops.com and SkyBet.com have Miami at odds of 1/2 to ultimately prevail. Slightly longer, punters can get odds of 51/100 at WBX.com on the Heat winning this best-of-seven series just in advance of BetDaq.com with 13/25, 32RedBet.com offering 8/15 and Bet365.com listing 5/9. Dallas has appeared in the NBA Playoffs 17 times over its 31-year history and went into the 2011 NBA Playoffs tied with the Lakers as having the second best regular season record in the Western Conference. The Mavericks, although seeded third, quickly got past the Portland Trailblazers in the first round before going on to sweep the defending NBA champion Lakers in four games. It then took Dallas only five games to clinch the Western Conference title over the Oklahoma City Thunder and earn its second appearance in an NBA Finals. Despite this unexpected success, VictorChandler.com has the ‘Mavs’ at odds of 6/4 to lift its first Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy this month in advance of Bodog.com and Bet365.com with 8/5 and UniBet.com, Coral.co.uk and SkyBet.com listing 13/8. The seventh and final game of this series is scheduled to take place no later than June 14 and bettors can get odds of 33/20 from WBX.com that Dallas will have prevailed while BetDaq.com has a longer 83/50. Under the management of head coach Rick Carlisle, the Mavericks have improved in each of the last three seasons. However, 32RedBet.com is seemingly tipping this progression to stop short of an NBA title as the online sportsbetting site is currently showing odds of 22/13 that the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy will be displayed at Dallas’ American Airlines Center home. Longer still, WilliamHill.com, Intertops.com and Bwin.com are going with odds of 17/10 that the Mavericks will win this season’s NBA Finals in advance of 888Sport.com, ToteSport.com, StanJames.com, BlueSq.com and PaddyPower.com listing 7/4 and BoyleSports.com offering 9/5.




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