Ranking Three Possible Finals Opponents for Miami Heat

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Ranking Three Possible Finals Opponents for Miami Heat
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Give the Miami Heat credit—it's been three years since its free agent bonanza in 2010 and they have remained the prohibitive favorites to win the title to date. 

Predicting champions in the NBA these days, however, is a simple formula. 

While many deduce that it involves some breakdown of a team's performance in the regular season as well its cumulative success in the postseason over recent years, it really comes down to numbers. 

Count how many superstars a team has and if the number equals more than one, you can basically pencil them in for a Conference Finals appearance at the very least. 

Unless, of course, defensively-deficient coaches, injury-riddled big men and future Hall of Famers with not-so-subtle ulterior motives come into the equation. 

In any case, when it comes to talent, two facts hold true: The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder stand a foot above its peers, and the Western Conference is much deeper and tougher to navigate out of than the East. 

With all due respect to the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics, there are three teams in the league that pose a far bigger threat to Miami's chances of repeating. 

And to no one's surprise, they all play in the wild, wild West. 

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