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Heat Enter NBA Finals as Odds-On Betting Favorite

May 30th, 2011

The Miami Heat  stamped their ticket to the NBA Finals with a Game 5 win over the Chicago Bulls  last Thursday and now have their eyes set on a rematch of the 2006 championship  series.

The last time  the two teams met, Dwyane Wade led the Heat over the Dallas Mavericks in six  games. Now, however, a more experienced and even more determined Dirk Nowitzki  seeks vengeance.
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Though Miami may have had a  dominant Shaquille O’Neal in their line up the last time they fought for the  Larry O’Brien Trophy, this time around they have former two-time MVP LeBron  James.

Ever since it  was announced last summer that James – along with All-Star forward Chris Bosh –  would join Wade in South   Beach, the team has been  pegged as a title favorite. Though their regular season campaign had its ups  and downs, there’s no denying the potential the star-studded roster has shown  over the course of this postseason.

After a brief  adjustment following a Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern  Conference Finals, the Heat showed an unparalleled dominance over the remainder  of the series. Do the Mavericks even stand a chance?

The Miami Heat  are listed as -4.5 favorites in Game 1 and have long had the advantage in long  term futures play. Provided the club can keep getting production from the Big  Three and a reasonable presence from the rest of their shallow roster, a  championship is well within reach.

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Preakness Stakes : Triple Crown Watch: Animal Kingdom

May 20th, 2011

Kentucky Derby champion Animal Kingdom continues his pursuit of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing on Saturday, May 21, at Pimlico Racecourse for the 2011 Preakness Stakes.

The Preakness Stakes is the shortest leg of the three-race series at 1 3/16 miles. And while Animal Kingdom showed he has no problem going the 1 ¼ mile distance of the Kentucky Derby, the big question is whether he has the speed needed to win the Preakness Stakes – especially with Shackleford, Flashpoint and Dance City in the field.

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Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls Look to Take Series in Atlanta

May 11th, 2011

The Chicago Bulls broke the Eastern Conference semi-finals series split against the Atlanta Hawks with a 95-83 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night, sending the series back to Atlanta with a 3-2 lead.

The NBA’s 2010-11 MVP Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 33 points in the game, knowing how important it was to take that pivotal game and swing momentum back Chicago’s way. Rose is averaging 32 points-per-game in the series, proving why he’s the NBA’s youngest MVP, and he’s hoping to carry that onto a NBA Finals MVP Award.

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This wasn’t Chicago’s easiest win. They trailed early in the fourth quarter when Rose and Taj Gibson caught fire and combined for 22 of the team’s 26 points to snatch the victory.

The Bulls are still looking for their first NBA championship in the post-Michael Jordan era, while the Hawks are looking for their first championship period since relocating from St. Louis.

Bodog has the Bulls with 7/2 odds of winning the NBA championship, while the Hawks have 100/1 odds overall, but the outcome of Thursday’s Game 6 will impact those numbers greatly.

Can Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague, Al Horford and the Hawks rise above the overwhelming odds, or will Derrick Rose and Co. move to their first Eastern Conference Final since they won it all in 1998?

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