NBA Finals Forecast, Part Two: Suns vs. Magic

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIMay 25, 2010

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 11:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball under pessure from Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 11, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Magic 106-103.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This is part two of my NBA Finals Forecast series. For part one (Celtics Vs. Lakers), click here

A match-up of Suns vs. Magic is highly unlikely given that the Magic are behind 3-1 to the Celtics in their series.

But if the nearly impossible match-up were to happen, here is how I think it would pan out.

The Magic are notorious for their three-point shooting ability, as they shot 37 percent from behind the arc in the regular season. 

Both are both run-and-gun teams that were the first and sixth best scoring teams in the regular season respectively. As a result of this, the number one priority of both Orlando and Phoenix should be defense.

In terms of the actual teams, Phoenix and Orlando have minimal depth, but Phoenix has the advantage here thanks to Leandro Barbosa, Goran Dragic, and Jared Dudley. Another advantage that the Suns would have is Robin Lopez over Dwight Howard.

This may be shocking to most of you, but when you think about it, Howard cannot shoot free throws successfully and his range is limited to eight feet.

On the other hand, Lopez's strength is his mid range shot and he is a 70 percent free throw shooter compared to Howard's 59 percent. This proves my argument that the Magic's "superstar" is actually an overrated waste of space in Orlando's rotation.

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Rashard Lewis has been nonexistent the entire series versus Boston and if the Magic advance to the finals, this could carry over to June. 

There are too many obstacles for the Magic to overcome if they were to face the Suns, so I am sure you can guess my prediction.

Series Prediction: Suns over Magic in five games (4-1). 

(Check out my profile tomorrow for match-up number three: Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Orlando Magic.)

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