NBA Finals Forecast Part One: Celtics Vs. Lakers

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIMay 24, 2010

BOSTON - JUNE 17:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics drives past Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 17, 2008 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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This is part one of a four-part series in which I will analyze every possible NBA Finals match-up.

A possible 2008 NBA Finals rematch is in the works between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics have a dominating 3-0 series lead over the Orlando Magic while the Lakers lost their last game 118-109 at the hands of the Phoenix Suns resulting in a 2-1 series, however Los Angeles still leads. 

If the Celtics and Lakers were to battle for the Larry O'Brien trophy this June, two keys factors will come into play: durability and consistency.

The Celtics are easily the hottest team in the playoffs right now, posting a 10-3 playoff record, while the Lakers are not playing their best basketball as they have shown many weaknesses against only average playoff teams, the most troubling one being their lack of defense.

In order for the Lakers to even have the smallest chance against the Celtics they must improve their defense, as they have allowed 100 points or more in each game against the Suns.

Another element that may hurt the Lakers is the injury bug. Andrew Bynum's knee is injured again as he is playing with a torn meniscus. Kobe Bryant’s ankle, finger and knee are not 100% either.

All of this adds up to a nightmare series for the Lakers if they were to play Boston. They must fix these issues as soon as possible if they want to repeat as NBA Champions.

Series prediction: Celtics over Lakers in six games (4-2).


(Check my profile tomorrow for Part two in this series: Magic Vs. Suns)