LA is taking on San Antonio in the conference finals for the 4th time. So far the Lakers have had the upper hand 3 times, most recently in 2004. The possibility of the classic LA vs Boston final matchup has to have the NBA salivating over the potential revenue and ratings. LA has the home advantage and is playing lights-out right now, so SA will have another huge task ahead of them if they are to advance. The Spurs won at New Orleans last night marking only the 5th time this post season that a road team has won and becoming the first team to advance as a lower seed without home advantage. Their playoff experience was huge!
Detroit will face Boston on the road in the East final. The game features a superstar stacked Boston Celtics team that was thrown together this year to make a run at the championship vs the veteran defense-oriented Detroit team that has gone to battle together numerous times in the playoffs. They always tend to play to the level of their competition so this should be a hard fought series. Detroit has won on the road and Boston has not. I believe Detroit can take Boston out, but it’s going to be nasty. I don’t think they have a legit chance at winning without Billups. I’m sure the rest was beneficial, so Detroit is probably thanking Cleveland for stretching the series to 7 against the Celtics.
I am going to equivocate here but my head tells me LA will take out SA in 7 and Boston will advance in 7 as well. These are two evenly matched series though. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see SA or Detroit steal one on the road and take their series. I’m pulling for SA in the long run.