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NBA Playoffs 2011: Dallas Mavericks Are Now Favorites to Win NBA Finals

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Dallas Mavericks Are Now Favorites to Win NBA Finals
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Like the rest of the basketball-following world, most of my reactions to Sunday afternoon’s game can be summed up in one word, "Wow." 

The LA Lakers have become the seventh defending champ to be swept out of the NBA Playoffs, and a lot of it has to do with their internal collapse. They have looked fractured on both ends of the floor, they are obviously banged up and there are clearly chemistry issues happening for the Purple and Gold. But they’re also out, so let’s focus on who’s still here. 

Of the seven teams still standing, you could make a solid argument for any one of them being the new NBA champs (except for Atlanta. Sorry, but you are the weakest link).

But even in light of the Lakers’ fold-up job, it is the triumphant Dallas Mavericks who must now be considered the favorite. Let’s take a look at a few important reasons why.

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