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You Tell Us: Who Will Win?

The NBA Finals start tonight, and it's time to make your views known. Michael Lee and Michael Wilbon picked the Los Angeles Lakers in six games, while Mike Wise boldly predicted that the Orlando Magic will win in six. What do you think?

By Alexa Steele  |  June 4, 2009; 3:46 PM ET
 
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Lakers are too deep, too good in the backcourt and just as long...

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | June 4, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Tough to call. The Lakers are definitely the more talented team, top to bottom, but the Magic present some tough matchups. If ever Bynum needed to live up to the hype, this is it. Despite what Jackson has said about starting Bynum, I think his best lineup is to Start Gasol at C and Odom at PF. Odom will have an easier time chasing Lewis out on the perimeter and Gasol can put some real pressure on Howard with his offense, maybe get him in foul trouble and out of the game.

Logic says take the Lakers but my gut (and the fact that I can't stand Jackson or Bryant) makes me lean towards Orlando.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 4, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Don't care...not watching any of it!!! just end the season already

Posted by: BenCanada | June 4, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The Celtics were supposed to beat the Magic, the Cavs were supposed to beat the Magic, the Lakers are supposed to beat the Magic... sensing a trend here? The Lakers are more talented, but then again so were the Cavs. The Magic were down 35-18, yet worked back to 56-55 at half against Cleveland -- that shows you the type of team they are. Pietrus is going to harass Kobe all day much in the same fashion as Posey during last seasons finals. Pau Gasol can beat Lewis in the post -- but the matchup on the other end of the floor is almost laughable with him trying to defend Lewis outside the paint. Hedo's just as talented as Lamar, he just doesn't have #24 next to him to attract attention away from him.

Kobe seeking his title without Shaq is just as much of a reason to fail as it is to prove they will win. Kobe can take over games, but that's the exact way the Magic beat the Cavs... let Lebron have his triple doubles and thats it. Kobe can drop 40, but Pau and Lamar are going to be out of rhythm all series. Magic in six.

Posted by: wizfan305 | June 4, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The Magic are probably the most underrated team going.

It will be a tough match up (close games), but Orlando will beat them in six.

Posted by: Independent11 | June 4, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I got the Lakers winning the first game by 25 or so...

Posted by: original_mark | June 5, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

The Lakers did do an oustanding job of forcing there will on the Majic. However, I did see great ball movement by the Majic, but without results.

I contribute the outcome of this game to a determination of Kobe and the Lakers not to lose game one.

Look for the Majic to win game two.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 5, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

More Wiz speculation ....


Hill’s measurements (6-9 ¼ without shoes, 7-1 ½ wingspan, 9-0 standing reach) in Chicago confirmed the notion many people had that he will have no problem seeing minutes at center in today’s NBA, particularly once he puts a little bit more weight on his frame.

One team that could reportedly help Dallas move up high enough to pick Hill is the Washington Wizards at #5, a team they already have a history with making draft-day deals. The two teams swapped Antawn Jamison for Jerry Stackhouse and the #4 pick (Devin Harris) back in 2004, a move that worked out well for both parties.

Dallas can offer either the non-guaranteed contract of Jerry Stackhouse to help the Wizards reduce payroll next year (while taking someone like Mike James or Etan Thomas off their hands) or they can help the Wizards by providing a veteran like Josh Howard or Jason Terry if it’s experience and scoring punch they are after. Either move would allow the Mavericks to stay flexible from a financial standpoint as they look towards the free agent class of 2010. They can also dangle their first round pick (#22).

Posted by: original_mark | June 5, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Blair as an energy guy off the bench?

-DeJuan Blair’s height of 6’5.25 without shoes may cause some teams to raise an eyebrow, but they will likely look at his other measurables as well. For comparison’s sake, Blair is a quarter of an inch taller than Jason Maxiell without shoes, and an inch shorter than Paul Millsap. In terms of wingspan (7-2) and standing reach (8-10 ½), Blair is slightly longer than Millsap and comparable with Maxiell. He’s nowhere near Elton Brand’s mammoth proportions, though—Brand has a 7-5 1/2 wingspan and a 9-2 standing reach.

Posted by: original_mark | June 5, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Lakers are hungry led by thier leader Kobe Bryant. and they are seasoned veterans who lost last year in the finals. I think them losing last year makes them even more hungry. Lakers win the finals and Kobe gets finals MVP, but he still wont be on the same island with Jordan..but he well be a few miles closer winning his 4th title.

ps- until Gilbert Arenas gets angry and wears the chip on his shoulder the size of Africa..the wizards will never ever compete for a title ever.

miami,phoenix,dallas,atlanta,portland,denver,san antonio,cleveland,boston,philly all have better shots than the wizards at this point.

but...maybe if they trade for stoudamire while still retaining jamison butler and arenas then they might have a 16% chance, but right now its a .009% chance they win it all, none the less make it to the eastern conference finals

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | June 5, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse


You Tell Us: Who Will Win?
The NBA Finals start tonight, and it's time to make your views known. Michael Lee and Michael Wilbon picked the Los Angeles Lakers in six games, while Mike Wise boldly predicted that the Orlando Magic will win in six. What do you think?


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By Alexa Steele | June 4, 2009; 3:46 PM ET
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Lakers are too deep, too good in the backcourt and just as long...

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | June 4, 2009 4:55 PM


Tough to call. The Lakers are definitely the more talented team, top to bottom, but the Magic present some tough matchups. If ever Bynum needed to live up to the hype, this is it. Despite what Jackson has said about starting Bynum, I think his best lineup is to Start Gasol at C and Odom at PF. Odom will have an easier time chasing Lewis out on the perimeter and Gasol can put some real pressure on Howard with his offense, maybe get him in foul trouble and out of the game.

Logic says take the Lakers but my gut (and the fact that I can't stand Jackson or Bryant) makes me lean towards Orlando.


Posted by: kalo_rama | June 4, 2009 4:55 PM

Don't care...not watching any of it!!! just end the season already

Posted by: BenCanada | June 4, 2009 7:14 PM

The Celtics were supposed to beat the Magic, the Cavs were supposed to beat the Magic, the Lakers are supposed to beat the Magic... sensing a trend here? The Lakers are more talented, but then again so were the Cavs. The Magic were down 35-18, yet worked back to 56-55 at half against Cleveland -- that shows you the type of team they are. Pietrus is going to harass Kobe all day much in the same fashion as Posey during last seasons finals. Pau Gasol can beat Lewis in the post -- but the matchup on the other end of the floor is almost laughable with him trying to defend Lewis outside the paint. Hedo's just as talented as Lamar, he just doesn't have #24 next to him to attract attention away from him.

Kobe seeking his title without Shaq is just as much of a reason to fail as it is to prove they will win. Kobe can take over games, but that's the exact way the Magic beat the Cavs... let Lebron have his triple doubles and thats it. Kobe can drop 40, but Pau and Lamar are going to be out of rhythm all series. Magic in six.

Posted by: wizfan305 | June 4, 2009 8:29 PM

The Magic are probably the most underrated team going.

It will be a tough match up (close games), but Orlando will beat them in six.

Posted by: Independent11 | June 4, 2009 8:36 PM

I got the Lakers winning the first game by 25 or so...

Posted by: original_mark | June 5, 2009 7:15 AM


GOOD CALL

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | June 5, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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