NBA Odds: Mavs host Heat in rematch of 2011 Finals

In a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat will visit the slightly remodeled Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night (9:30 p.m. ET, TNT). Although the two organizations have seen their NBA odds split off in different directions since the series two years ago, don’t think that the reigning champion Heat have forgotten that it was the group of veterans from the lone star state that kept them short of their first run at a title.

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The Heat, of course, wasted no time bouncing back from that fateful series, clawing their way to the consequent championship in 2012. Now with LeBron James and company heading into the primes of their careers – and the Nowitzki-less Mavs trying to stay afloat in a tough Western conference, betting on an NBA Finals rematch seems to be more of an unlikely outcome with each passing game.

With Jason Terry and Jason Kidd off playing for the Celtics and Knicks respectively, and Dirk Nowitzki still waiting to suit up in his first 2012-13 game, the Heat have a distinct advantage. With better odds (19/10) to win it all this year than the Mavericks will have of beating them just once, Dallas will be in tough to just hang with the NBA’s front runners.

The combination of O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman and Vince Carter might not be enough to strike fear in the Big Three, but then again, we all remember what happened last time we underestimated the Dallas Mavericks.

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