NBA Finals 2011: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 1 Prediction

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NBA Finals 2011: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 1 Prediction
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The 2011 NBA Finals are set to begin on Tuesday, and just like in 2006, the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks are the two teams that will be competing for the NBA championship.

In 2006, Dwyane Wade led the Heat past Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs in six games. Both teams have changed their rosters quite a bit since 2006, but the competitiveness of each game that year will likely carry over.

Just like in 2006, Jason Terry is Robin to Dirk's Batman. Instead of having Shaquille O'Neal looming in his corner, Wade now his LeBron James and Chris Bosh on his side. There are many questions heading into the series.

Can Dirk be stopped?

Will LeBron or Dirk get his first title?

How will the referees call the series?

I'm going to take a stab at all of these questions and more in this article. Also, I'll give a prediction as to who I think will come out on top in Game 1.

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