I still haven’t had any time to do the matchups for the East and West Finals, and I doubt I’d be able to get them up in the kind of detail I have before. The first games for both matchups have also been played anyway, so I’ll do a short writeup instead
For the Celtics-Pistons matchup, that will be a grind-out series and I think each team will steal a game from the other’s home floor. Looking at this to go 7 games, Pistons should win out in 7, but if it goes 6, Celtics should move on. KG will be hard to stop even if Detroit has a ton of big guys. The matchup between these two particular teams just have a much more different dynamic compared to their matchups in Round 2. So it will be interesting to see how Ray Allen and Chauncey Billups play.
On the Lakers-Spurs matchup, people have counted the Spurs out since Round 1. But never doubt the champions as they have proven time and time again, that you should never bet against them otherwise you’ll get burned. Kobe will always be Kobe, and it should be a proven fact why he is MVP and it will show in this series. Tim has always played well against the Lakers in the playoffs and should still do the same. The game actually just ended with the Lakers coming back from 20 points down to win by 4. All because of Kobe Bryant. The series should also be a great one, as the addition of Gasol will prove to be a big difference compared to Andrew Bynum. Everything says Lakers are destined to win it all this year, so as much as I am an avid Spurs fan, it should be the Lakers in 7, with a chance to advance in 6.