The Miami Heat entered the 2010-11 NBA regular season as the odds on favorites to reach and win this year’s NBA title despite the fact that the two-time defending champion Lakers and Eastern Conference champion Celtics had far more impressive resumes – and rosters – once you get past Miami’s ‘Big Three’.
Now with the Lakers and Celtics both on the proverbial ‘golf course’ – and the Heat about to dispatch the inexperienced, but scrappy, Chicago Bulls and MVP point guard Derrick Rose, the Heat are still favored to win it all, as their 3/5 NBA Championship Futures Odds clearly reflects.
2010-11 NBA Championship Futures Odds
However, I am going on record right now to tell BetUS NBA gamblers everywhere that the Heat are not the team to roll with when you make your NBA Championship selection.
Because Dirk Nowitzki and the absolutely loaded Dallas Mavericks have the look of a runaway freight train that is not going to be derailed by anyone this postseason.
Let’s take a brief look at what the near-lock Heat-Mavericks Finals will look like.
First and foremost, hardwood gamblers should know that this possible Finals matchup will look nothing like the 2006 Finals pairing between these two teams.
Back in ’06 the Heat had a fella’ by the name of Shaquille O’Neal that was still pretty good at the time, not to mention a player that absolutely dominated the Finals in young shooting guard Dwyane Wade.
Now, the Heat are centered around cry-baby superstar LeBron James, Wade and third wheel all-star Chris Bosh. Miami’s most valuable player however, would still appear to be bruising power forward Udonis Haslem.
Lest anyone forget, it was Haslem that had the second biggest hand in helping Miami win its title in 2006.
While the Heat have a trio of star players in its starting rotation – and some capable perimeter shooters in Mike Miller, James Jones and the quickly-fading Mike Bibby, Miami will be facing a much different Dallas team than the one they faced in 2006, starting with superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Back in 2006, Miami was about five minutes away from taking a commanding 3-0 series lead as they trailed Game 3 by 13 points with just over four minutes remaining. A flurry of baskets by Wade, not only helped Miami stave off what appeared to be a sure-fire loss in Game 3, but ultimately lead them to four consecutive wins en route to a shocking 4-2 Finals win.
Now, I am advising pro basketball bettors everywhere, that a scenario like that is going to play out in this year’s NBA Championship.
First and foremost, I genuinely believe that Dirk Nowitzki is far and away the best player in this series. No disrespect to LeBron James and D-Wade, but Nowitzki is now the game’s most unstoppable offensive force.
The sweet-shooting seven-footer can nail three-pointers with ease or take his man to the low post for a now-patented one-foot fade-away jumper.
Not only has Nowitzki raised the level of his play to a newly insane level, but the Mavericks now have a plethora of hungry veteran players that have never won an NBA title in their mostly illustrious careers.
From Hall of Fame-bound point guard Jason Kidd to multi-talented small forward Shawn Marion and big men Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood, the Mavs are almost literally dying for an NBA title.
Sixth Man extraordinaire Jason Terry, the only remaining player besides Nowitzki from that 2006 team, is also chomping at the bit for some sweet revenge against the very same franchise that denied him his first ring.
Not only do the Mavericks have a deeper, more talented and experienced ballclub, but they’ve also got the edge on the bench as veteran head coach Rick Carlisle could probably literally coach circles around counterpart Erik Spoelstra.
So remember BetUS NBA Championship bettors, while the Miami heat have been talked about and praised before ever winning anything of significance, it is the Dallas Mavericks that are on a championship mission – and one that I say will not be denied!