My Prediction for the NBA Playoffs

Victor BoydContributor IApril 16, 2009

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With the NBA playoffs starting soon, I find my interest level picking up for pro basketball again. After a long hard season, it is now money time.

Winning a title is why they play the games, and I have some predictions for who will win it all and why.

First of all, Lebron James and the Cavaliers won't win the title because, outside of James and Mo Williams, they aren't that talented. Don't believe the hype.

It took Jordan six years to win a title and Scottie Pippen was far more talented than Williams.

Second, this is a huge turnover year in the NBA. The traditional powers are getting old, so watch for the Celtics, Spurs, and Pistons to go bye-bye very early.

Young teams like the Hornets, Trailblazers, 76ers, and Bulls will be ascending to the top of the league.

I believe, however, the Cavs could possibly make it to the NBA finals, though only because at this point, the East is in a weakened state.

Don't be surprised if the Pistons take it to them.

My choice to come out of the West is the Lakers. They are by far the most complete team in the league and have the best coach in the game. And after last year, they are hungry for a title.

Let's look at my finals predictions:

—The Lakers: A team, with the best player in the league in Kobe Bryant, that has something to prove and is full of talented players in their primes like Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

—The Cavaliers have a young great player in James, a good guard in Williams, but the rest of the team is just role players.

My prediction: The Lakers take the title in five.

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