NBA Finals 2011: 5 Reasons Why Dallas Mavericks Are Now Favored to Beat the Heat

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NBA Finals 2011: 5 Reasons Why Dallas Mavericks Are Now Favored to Beat the Heat
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Entering the 2011 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat seemed to be the overwhelming favorite by both the "experts," Vegas, as well as the general public, and they looked well on their way to a championship after an impressive victory in Game 1 of the series.

Not so fast.

After erasing a 15-point deficit in just over seven minutes, Dallas was able to hold off Miami in Game 2 and even the series at one game apiece.

Not only was Game 2 a historic comeback by the Mavericks, but it was also a disheartening and embarrassing loss by the Heat.

So, have things changed?

Here are five reasons why the Mavericks should now be favored to beat the Heat.

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