LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat Now Favorites to Win Elusive NBA Title

Tommy KeelerCorrespondent IIIMay 1, 2012

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The NBA title is now Miami's to lose.

As Derrick Rose tore his ACL this past weekend, the Chicago Bulls' chances of winning the title went down the drain.

The Bulls can beat the Philadelphia 76ers, and maybe the Atlanta Hawks or Boston Celtics, but the Heat? There's no way they should be able to beat the Heat without Rose.

Going into the playoffs, I felt like it was 50/50 for both teams, but now the Heat are in firm control of their playoff destiny.

I'm still not convinced that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Co. will actually get it done in the finals, but it's really hard to imagine them not making it to the finals.

The Celtics are going to be really lucky if they can get past the Hawks. Even if they do, I'm not sure if they'll have anything left for the Bulls. The Hawks and the Bulls would be a good series, but I still simply can't see either one beating the Heat four times.

Clearly, the Heat will beat the New York Knicks. Amar'e Stoudemire thought the only way to beat the Heat was to get a fire extinguisher to cool them off. Except he forgot there was glass around the extinguisher. Nice move, Amar'e.

In the next round, the Heat will play either Orlando or Indiana. I'll be surprised if either can take more than a game off of the Heat.

So, for all the hype and the talk that James, Wade and Co. have done over the last couple years, it looks like the Heat will get another chance at that title.

I truly believe they're the best team in the NBA, but they still have to go out and play their best when it counts the most. In another month or so, we'll see if James and his teammates have what it takes to finish off what they couldn't last year.