PG: Derek Fisher vs. Mike Bibby
SG: Kobe Bryant vs. Dwyane Wade
SF: Ron Artest vs. LeBron James
PF: Pau Gasol vs. Chris Bosh
C: Andrew Bynum vs. Zydrunas Ilgauskus
Coach: Phil Jackson vs. Erik Spoelstra
Miami dominated Los Angeles in the regular season, but we all know the Lakers are a much different team in the playoffs.
More than any other squad in the league, they seem to have the ability to "flip a switch" as they say.
Even though he'll still hit a few big shots, Derek Fisher is probably the worst starting point guard in the playoffs. Bibby's way past his prime as well, but Miami has the advantage here.
I give Kobe the slightest of edges over D-Wade because it is the finals where Kobe is king. And Dwyane Wade won't get the same calls against the Lakers that he got against Dallas in the '06 finals.
I don't even think we need to discuss the small forward matchup. Ron Artest and Matt Barnes will get into LeBron's head a little bit, but ultimately, he'll still have a great series.
Perhaps the most intriguing matchup is Gasol and Bosh. I give the edge to Pau because of his length, rebounding, defense and fundamentally sound offensive game.
The centers aren't even close. Andrew Bynum will utterly dominate anything Miami throws at him (assuming he's still upright by this point).
The Lakers have a huge advantage in terms of benches and coaching as well. Lamar Odom will likely win the Sixth Man of the Year Award and Phil Jackson is an 11-time NBA champion.
If Los Angeles plays to the best of their abilities (which the only seem to do in June), not even Miami's vaunted Big Three will be able to stop them.
Prediction: Lakers win 4-3