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Bulls have edge over Heat ... barely

In an evenly matched series, home-court advantage could be deciding factor

Originally Published: May 13, 2011
By David Hess | TeamRankings.com
LeBron James, Derrick RoseAP PhotosThe Heat and Bulls are extremely reliant on LeBron James and Derrick Rose, respectively.

The matchup we've been anticipating has finally materialized, as the top two teams in the TeamRankings.com predictive power ratings meet head-to-head in the Eastern Conference finals.

The winner of the Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat series will be favored in the NBA Finals regardless of the opponent, and have around a 60 percent chance to take home the 2011 NBA championship. In other words, welcome to the NBA Finals, Part 1.