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NBA Playoffs 2013: 5 Reasons Why Miami Heat Will Defeat Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of Eastern Conference Finals

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5 Reasons Why Miami Heat Will Defeat Indiana Pacers in Game 7

Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

On Monday night, the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers will hit the hardwood for one final meeting here in 2013. It's Game 7, folks and everybody knows what is at stake. 48 minutes of basketball will decide a win or go home situation in which the defending champions in the NBA will either advance to yet another NBA championship series or kneel down at the hands of a budding Indiana squad.

Game 7 will tip-off at 8:30pm (EST) and the implications reign heavily on the Heat and most notably, LeBron James. Looking back at the up-and-down series that has molded itself into a seven game situation, there are a million different factors that could go into determining the outcome of this game.

With that being said however, what are the five biggest reasons as to why the Heat are the team to beat tonight?

Let's take a look:

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No. 5- South Beach Advantage

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Miami fans (ahem, LeBron fans) receive plenty of criticism and for the most part, it's rightfully handed out. With that being said though, home court advantage factors in no matter what type of fans an organization might have. South Beach isn't the dictating factor, but it's one of the reasons why the Heat will win.

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No. 4- "X-Factors"

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We know who the stars are for this Heat squad. Outside of that however, there are plenty of x-factors. Could it be Mike Miller? How about Ray Allen? Or does the Chris "Birdman" Andersen produce following his return from suspension? Yet don't rule out Mario Chalmers or Norris Cole. Or, what if Udonis Haslem gets that baseline jumper going?

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No. 3- Erik Spoelstra

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Erik Spoelstra isn't suiting up and tossing LeBron James alley-oops, but he's still going to have a major impact. Just look at Frank Vogel and his Game 1 decision. Either way, who cares who the better coach is -- Spoelstra needs to simply out-coach Vogel tonight.

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No. 2- Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh Will Produce

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It's the one man show, right? Wrong.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will produce on Monday night.

Onto the next factor.

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No. 1- LeBron James

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Of course, you knew what the No. 1 factor was. LeBron James is the best player, not only on this team, but in this league. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will certainly be involved more on Monday night, but regardless, a Game 7 win still runs through LeBron's hands.