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Matchmaker 2009: Lakers vs. Magic NBA Finals Prediction

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Matchmaker 2009:  Lakers vs. Magic NBA Finals Prediction

The Orlando Magic were undefeated against the Lakers in the regular season, winning two close games for a record of 2-0.

The Magic combine solid outside shooting with the frightening dominance of Dwight Howard, while the Lakers rely on the sheer magnificence of Kobe Bryant and the best supporting cast in the NBA.

The Magic were able to overcome the pesky 76ers in six, the defending champion Celtics in seven, and disposed of the 66-win LeBron-led Cavaliers in six games.

The Lakers, for their part, overwhelmed the Jazz in five, took down the Rockets in seven hard-fought games, and defeated the Nuggets in six tough games.

The Lakers are back in the Finals for the second consecutive year, while the Magic have earned their first Finals appearance since the days of Shaq and Penny.

The postseason is a different game, but can the Magic continue its dominance over the Lakers all the way to the championship, or is the Lakers' 15th win in 30 trips to the Finals all but in the books?

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