Lakers in 6
In the regular season the Magic did beat the Lakers twice in their two meetings, but in the NBA Finals things are quite different in that the Lakers will be focused solely on this game, and won’t have to worry about facing another team before or after the Magic. Not that they were not focused in the regular season, but I don’t believe those games will have any bearing on what happens now. Like the Cavaliers the Lakers could have problems with the Magic pick and roll game, but unless they continue to hold an overwhelming edge in three-point shooting, it also will not play a huge factor in this series. Pau Gasol will play a huge role in this series, in he is the Lakers best player under the board, if he can keep up with Dwight Howard the Lakers will not be overwhelmed by the Magic inside game. Kobe Bryant is Kobe Bryant, and he will have a big series individually, so if the Lakers can neutralize potential Magic advantages, then the series will be theirs. With the Lakers experience in playing in the Finals last year, and with Phil Jackson holding the overwhelming coaching edge over Stan Van Gundy, it will be hard to imagine the Magic pulling off another upset. Each team can and should win one game in the other’s arena, and that equals victory for the team in yellow, as Los Angeles holds the home court edge, and in the end will be celebrating another championship as they take it home in six games, with Kobe Bryant winning Finals MVP.