GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Luv: 134-108 ats…56%
NBA 93-85 - NCAA 33-19 - Teasers 8-4 - Church League 69-0
ORLANDO MAGIC @ LOS ANGELES LAKERS (-6)
The Cavs struggled more than Paris Hilton at Barnes & Noble trying to guard Orlando’s wings, while defensively, Ron Van Jeremy’s squad had the luxury of trying to stop the most simplistic offense since I was back playing church league circa 1987. In contrast, the Lakeshow has a perfect duo to guard Hedo & Rashard in Ariza & Odom and runs the famous Triangle offense to perfection. Throw-in the slightest bit of satisfaction Orlando probably felt the first few days after beating The King & his band of merry but mediocre men, and I have a feeling LA will look extremely efficient & focused from start to finish in Game One.
But heading to LA with Rafer ova Jameer is like heading to the beach with Britney instead of Jessica...TOUCH ME HERE
While the Magic did sweep Kobe & Co. during the regular season
(they won by 3 points Dec. 20th in Orlando & by 6 in LA Jan. 16th), they did so by taking advantage of the Lakers most glaring weakness…point guard. Jameer Nelson averaged 27.5 ppg & 6.5 apg in those two contests taking advantage of Derek Fisher’s inability to contain quick, athletic scoring PGs. And even if Jameer had Mr. Miyagi give his Karate Kid wizardry on the All-Star’s shoulder, I just can’t see how he jumps on the court after four months and contributes anywhere close to what he did the first half of the season.
As for big bad Dwight and his dominance around the bucket...
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As for big bad Dwight and his dominance around the bucket, unlike the Cavs, I have a feeling you’ll see the youngster at the charity stripe anytime he’s in the paint looking to bring down the shot-clock. And because of the unique line-up the Hedgehog will be throwing out there, the Lakers will probably go small for long stretches (Fish, Bryant, Ariza, & Odom) so look for Pau Gasol & Andrew Bynum to rotate on him out of the center position at utilize all 12 fouls.
While D-Freak is much too powerful for either, I have a feeling the Lakeshow will be attacking him at the other end and will succeed in getting him in some early foul trouble making his less aggressive offensively. And honestly, while he’s amazing and continuing to develop, I still think he’s extremely one-dimensional in his offense game and fully expect Coach Phil pull some tricks out of his large ass suit. As a result, LA opens a double-digit lead by half & puts the pedal to the metal in front of the home-crowd in the 2nd and wins by 10-16 PTS!
As for a series prediction…LAKESHOW IN FIVE!!!