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2011 NBA Finals Odds: Miami Heat Are Clear Favorites Over Mavs

Oddsmakers have given the nod to the Miami Heat to win the 2011 NBA Finals over the Dallas Mavericks. Tom Ziller of SB Nation summarizes:

The Miami Heat have the odds in their favor heading into the 2011 NBA Finals opposite the Dallas Mavericks. According to Bodog, the Heat are -180 to win the series, and the Mavs are +160. The most favored outcome in the series, per Bodog, is the Heat in seven (11/4), with Miami in six (13/4) right behind it.

The fact that the most likely outcomes are six and seven game Heat victories may be a result of Games 3-5 all being in Dallas, due to the 2-3-2 format. At any rate, -180 is a pretty heavy favorite. The good news for Mavs fans? While this is a wide margin, Bodog had the Heat as 17/10 favorites to win the title before the season, while the Mavericks were 20/1 underdogs.

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