(The Spread) - The Miami Heat stamped their ticket to the NBA Finals with a Game 5 win over the Chicago Bulls last Thursday and now have their eyes set on a rematch of the 2006 championship series.
Though Miami may have had a dominant Shaquille O’Neal in their line up the last time they fought for the Larry O’Brien Trophy, this time around they have former two-time MVP LeBron James.
Ever since it was announced last summer that James - along with All-Star forward Chris Bosh - would join Wade in South Beach, the team has been pegged as a title favorite. Though their regular season campaign had its ups and downs, there’s no denying the potential the star-studded roster has shown over the course of this postseason.
After a brief adjustment following a Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat showed an unparalleled dominance over the remainder of the series. Do the Mavericks even stand a chance?
According to online sports book Bodog, the Heat are listed as 4.5-point favorites in Game 1 and have long had the advantage in long term futures play. Provided the club can keep getting production from the Big Three and a reasonable presence from the rest of their shallow roster, a championship is well within reach.