Chances of winning the title based on computer projection
Team Odds of winning title
L.A. Lakers 19.3
Cleveland (91%) vs. Detroit (9%): Let's not waste everybody's time.
My prediction: Cavs in 4
Los Angeles (80%) vs. Utah (20%): The Power Rankings still see the Jazz as a decent team despite their late-season face-plant, which is why their odds look surprisingly strong here. But two huge factors mitigate against any hope of a Jazz upset, however.
First of all, as we saw a year ago, they have nobody who can guard Kobe Bryant, and their basic strategy of "foul first, ask questions later" should result in a parade of Lakers to the free-throw line.
Second, the Jazz don't appear physically or mentally to be in the same shape they were as recently as six weeks ago: Utah went only 7-11 since its 12-game winning streak was snapped by Atlanta on March 11.
The Jazz were able to beat L.A. once in Utah -- at the end of a long Lakers road trip, mind you -- and they'll probably be able to do it once again, but given their 1-20 mark in road games against teams with winning records, I see little hope of an upset.
My prediction: Lakers in 5
Cleveland (54.4%) vs. Los Angeles (45.6%): Call it David Stern's dream matchup. Kobe versus LeBron, a battle of the past two MVP winners (presuming LeBron wins this year), and one that matches the biggest stars in L.A. and New York (just kidding, Cavs fans). Let's just say there are going to be some deflated-looking people at the TV networks if we get Portland-Orlando instead.
The Lakers won both regular-season meetings, a positive indicator in their favor, but the Cavs will get the last two games on their home court, where they were 39-1 in games they tried to win. Yes, the Lakers were responsible for the "1", but that doesn't mean they're going to romp through the Q this time around.
Again, the Cavs' ability to play LeBron the whole game makes them a much more imposing team in the playoffs than they are in the regular season, as Boston found out a year ago, when a Cleveland team that gave up more points than it scored in the regular season took the mighty Celtics to the wire in a seventh game before succumbing.
This year, it's time to crown King James. I expect the Lakers to make this not just a competitive series, but a downright classic one. But in the end, the combination of the crowd at the Q and the best player in the world will be too much for the Lakers.
My prediction: Cavs in 7
First of all on cavs vs pistons where he said lets not wast anyone's time that was bs and it disrespected Pistons. Also, its good that Cavs are the favorites atleast we are underdogs and lakers play good when they underdogs.
Edited by K0be08-09, April 17, 2009 - 06:19 PM.