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This is the marquee series everyone will focus on. That's by far the easiest prediction of this article. But, predicting the series itself will not be easy.
New York has enjoyed a resurgence thanks to improved defensive play under coach Mike Woodson. Woodson's offense is more suited to Carmelo Anthony's skill set than Mike D'Antoni's.
The results of this coaching change have shown. However, will Amar'e Stoudemire's eventual return complicate the recent surge by clogging up the paint?
Miami is fading as badly as their best player's hairline. Charles Barkley said it best when he stated LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are simply tired.
The Heat seem to be reverting back to the ways which caused them to struggle last season. It appears like LeBron and Wade are just alternating on isolation plays with the other players standing around. Miami just seems like an undersized team which can't score in the half-court.
In spite of all these factors, I expect the Heat to win.
Pace is a crucial factor in determining who wins this series. If the Heat can speed up the tempo, it can very well be a sweep. If the Knicks are able to slow down the game, they can actually win this series.
Judging from a prestigious playing career of my own, rebounding is a critical factor of controlling the pace of the game.
Given the Knicks have a size advantage, they'll be able to control the glass. However, Miami's pressure defense will force enough turnovers to ultimately win the series.
Prediction: Heat in seven