One of the problems of covering a team on a daily basis is that your bias eventually seeps through. Look at the local coverage of either the Heat or the Mavs and most "experts" are picking their local team.
If you are a beat writer, this can be a business decision. When the Cowboys were coached by Wade Phillips both he and his players would know what writer picked against them on a given day, and express their disappointment the day after the game if they won and they were picked to lose.
Pro jocks seldom understand that just because a writer picks a team to lose means we don't like them, or wish failure upon them. It's just a prediction.
If you have a good relationship with the player or coach, you may just hope they win and pick with your heart. And it can work vice versa.
So I had to chuckle when I read the "breakdown" of this series ...
The great Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram has the Mavs winning this thing.
And Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald says the Heat have the edge.
They make compelling cases, but you have to give them a break if they are slightly biased.