The NBA Finals begin Tuesday night and the Athlon Staff is truly split between which team they think is going to hoist the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy at the end. Three things we can agree on: the series won't be a sweep, it won't go less than six games and the winner will be crowned in an American Airlines sponsored arena.
Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki matched up in the 2006 NBA Finals, and Wade pulled out a hard-fought win. Neither man has been this close to the Larry O’Brien Trophy since then.
The Heat had to completely burn the house down and rebuild with an all-new supporting cast for Wade. Perhaps you’ve heard of them. Dirk’s got a whole new crew surrounding him as well, but the other Mavericks aren’t quite as feared as the players who flank D-Wade.