The defending champions Boston Celtics is out of the picture which logically a new NBA champion will be crowned this June. With four teams remaining and with only two tickets available for the finals teams are gearing up a notch higher. Two teams who had to battle it out to the limit and two well rested teams preparing for their conference battle.
How would each team fare it out on the court? Will we see a Kobe-Lebron duel? Carmelo-Lebron? Or a Howard-Gasol face off? Almost 70 plus percent would win the conference finals if they win game 1 and with Lakers and Magic winning the initial game it’s still not a clear indication that they are heading to an easy series with both teams struggling most of the entire game and got the go ahead baskets in the last 2 minutes of the game.
Los Angeles Lakers – Denver Nuggets
It’s a different Denver Nuggets team with Chauncy Billups on their lineup. They are a complete team with balance offense and extremely good inside and outside defense. The Lakers inconsistency was clearly exposed against the undermanned Rockets team and the Nuggets are quick to capitalize on the Lakers weakness. Lakers drew first blood on a thrilling game 1 but it wasn’t that hopeful especially since they are trailing the Nuggets all game long. This would be a long series the Lakers are favored to win the Western conference but the Nuggets can clearly score an upset.
Cleveland Cavaliers- Orlando Magic
A very well rested Cleveland Cavaliers who went to the playoffs undefeated found no competition against Detroit and Atlanta and Lebron who won the MVP award is sky rocketing to his first NBA championship with the big guns from the East surrendering slowly to James throne. There’s no Kevin Garnet and Orlando lost Jameer Nelson during the season. There isn’t much to talk about in the East and frankly it’s a no contest to Cleveland’s supremacy. But Dwight Howard and company had to rewrite history on their own hands. They trailed 16 points in their first game and gave up 49 points to Lebron James but thanks to Rashard Lewis late game heroics the Orlando Magic gave the Cavaliers a taste of defeat. Cleveland has now found their match. They are no longer untested and this time it’s a series. How well Cleveland bounces back from this 107-106 heartbreaking loss remains to be seen. It’s now a matter of maturity, Orlando has gone through game 6 and 7 with Philadelphia and Boston respectively they knew how it is to loose and they knew clearly ways to win. Game 2 would be the gauge on how the series goes. Everyone thought it’s an easy cruise to the finals for Cleveland but maybe this is the time when we have second thoughts about it.