The Heat are favored to beat the Mavericks on Christmas Day.
In the marquee game of the NBA's Christmas Day schedule, the Mavericks are +4.5 point home underdogs against the star-studded Heat in a rematch of last season's epic NBA Finals.
The Mavericks will attempt to replace Chandler with a center-by-committee, including Brendan Haywood and Ian Mahinmi, free agent signings Brandan Wright and Sean Williams as well as former LA Laker Lamar Odom, whom Dallas acquired using the trade exception they received from signing-and-trading Chandler.
Miami, meanwhile, added long-time NBA veteran Shane Battier and drafted point guard Norris Cole out of Cleveland State in an effort to boost their perimeter defense. But, for the most part, they return the same team that lost to Dallas in six in the 2011 NBA Finals.