Magic in 7
Thus far in the NBA postseason the most impressive team has been the Orlando Magic. Last season the Magic stunned the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals to reach the NBA Finals where they were overmatched by the Lakers. To get their the Magic raised their game a notch, and they have done that again this year sweeping the Bobcats and Hawks to reach the Conference Finals for the second season in a row. The only concern for the Magic is they will have a six day layoff before taking the court for Game 1 against the Boston Celtics who just completed an upset of the Cavs on Thursday. The Celtics too have raised their game and are playing up to the level that made them NBA Champions in 2008. In the playoffs defense wins championship and the best defensive player in the NBA is the Magic’s Dwight Howard who has been a monster in the playoffs so far with him facing Kevin Garnett should be a fun and exciting series, that could go either way, but I give the Magic a slight edge since they will have the all important home court advantage in Game 7.
Lakers in 6
The Lakers are just too strong and ultimately it’s hard to imagine they will lose four games in a seven game stretch against any team in the Western Conference Finals. However, it will not be an easy series as the Lakers at times have struggled on the road, and the Suns are a solid team in the desert. Amare Stoudamire and Steve Nash are playing outstanding basketball and should be able to keep the Suns in the series. However, in the end it will be too much Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol as the Lakers can easily win a game or two in Phoenix if needed. However, can the Suns win in Los Angeles? To upset the Lakers they will need to, and I just don’t think that will happen in this series. Look for the series to take a similar path as the Lakers first round series against the Thunder, as the Suns can win the middle two games at home, but when the chips are down it will be the Lakers heading to the NBA Finals for the third season in a row.