NBA Playoffs 2011: Bold Predictions and Buzz Heading into the Finals

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Bold Predictions and Buzz Heading into the Finals
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The 2011 NBA Playoffs have been spectacular so far, and there is still plenty of questions that have yet to be answered.

The Dallas Mavericks are officially going to the NBA Finals after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Once again the Mavs showed why experience pays off at this stage of the season. It took a 17-6 run to close it, a game after erasing a 15-point forth quarter deficit in Game Four.

Now the Mavs once again will get a long lay-over as they await next weeks NBA Finals. We'll dive into all of the latest, news and analysis on what we can expect from this group of guys in the finals. I'll also discuss what happened to the Thunder and why they still have a long way to go to hoist the championship trophy.

The Miami Heat can follow in the footsteps of the Mavs with a win tonight in Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls.

After looking quite dominate for the past three games, will the Heat finish off the job tonight? LeBron James has been locking up Derrick Rose in the fourth quarter. What sort of adjustments must Chicago make in order to get a better shot off with the shot clock winding down?

Will Carlos Boozer show up again? Will the "The Bench Mobb" finally contribute in key moments?

Plenty of questions remain and I'm here to provide the answers.

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