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Will LeBron get his second ring in 2013?
The Lakers have a 4-2 advantage when looking solely at individual positions, but that doesn’t take into account the countless intangible factors that emerge when teams play.
Coaching, team chemistry, style of play, injuries to starters, injuries to the bench, team records going into the matchup; all of these things affect every game in different ways.
As much fun as it is to break down each position and come away saying “Lakers have this sewn up, look at the player comparisons,” it’s not a true representative of the way the game works.
The Heat will have the better team chemistry and familiarity with their offense, while the Lakers have new players and a new system to absorb before the start of the season. This has the potential to affect their early games and prevent them from getting into a rhythm.
They don’t play the Heat until January, so there should be enough time to get the system working well, but there is no room for error against the Heat, who will be playing to defend their crown.
If forced to make a decision, I’d say they split the victories in the regular season. If it is to become the fixture for the NBA Finals—and if they make it with chemistry intact and all players healthy—I’m going with the Lakers.
If there is any discontent on or off the court, that prediction changes to favor the Heat.