Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Kevin Durant all headline the most enticing series of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, giving analysts of the game no choice but to talk about their expectations.
Talk about an abundance of star-studded talent.
In what has been the best matchup of the regular season in the West, the Los Angeles Lakers will hope their championship pedigree pushes them forward. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder are red-hot this postseason, fresh off of a four-game series sweep.
Will the Black Mamba make a mockery of the Thunder defense? Is Durant due for a big scoring night? Or perhaps the Thunder have yet to get the best of the Lakers dynamic duo in the frontcourt.
These are the 10 bold predictions heading into this Lakers-Thunder second-round matchup.