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NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: NBA Finals

Well, the NBA Finals are here, and in shocking fashion, the Cleveland LeBrons or the Celtics aren’t representing the East. The Magic are there, after beating both the Celtics and Cavs consecutively in the East playoffs. Representing the West is the mighty Los Angeles Lakers, who have a lot to play for.

Kobe Bryant is looking for his first NBA Title without Shaquille O’Neal, Phil Jackson is looking for his 10th NBA title to pass Red Auerbach for most ever as a coach, and the Lakers are looking to grab their 15th NBA title as they inch closer to the Celtics NBA-record 17 championships. Since most of us here are Celtics fans, we would love to see anyone but the Lakers win it all, including Stan Van Gundy and Hedo Turkoglu.

Did this cloud our judgment? Maybe. The Lakers are favorites in the Finals, but only four Sports of Boston “experts” selected them to win it all. Without further ado, here are the picks for the NBA Finals:

NBA Finals Picks

Rules: Each choice will be seen as one “win” and will be added to the final record. The score in the clinching game will be used as a tiebreaker only.

Picks: Geoff KC Jeff Pete Chris Mike Dan Adam
ORL/LA Magic Magic Lakers Magic Lakers Lakers Magic Lakers
Games? 7 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Finals MVP? Howard Howard Kobe Howard Kobe Kobe Howard Kobe
Leading scorer
in final game?
Howard Kobe R. Lewis Kobe Kobe Kobe Kobe Kobe
Final game score 110-95 110-105 117-95 106-98 104-85 114-106 107-102 102-100
ROUND 4
OVERALL 9-5 9-5 12-2 10-4 8-6 11-3 11-3 11-3

Here’s a look at our Conference Finals picks. Who knew the Cavs had no answer for Dwight Howard?

Round 3 Picks

Picks: Geoff KC Jeff Pete Chris Mike Dan Adam
CLE/ORL Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs
LA/DEN Nuggets Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Nuggets Lakers
ROUND 3 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1
OVERALL 9-5 9-5 12-2 10-4 8-6 11-3 11-3 11-3

Here’s how Round 2 went. C’mon Chris, the Mavs??

Round 2 Picks

Picks: Geoff KC Jeff Pete Chris Mike Dan Adam
CLE/ATL Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs
BOS/ORL Celtics Celtics Magic Celtics Celtics Magic Magic Magic
LA/HOU Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers
DAL/DEN Nuggets Nuggets Nuggets Nuggets Mavs Nuggets Nuggets Nuggets
ROUND 2 3-1 3-1 4-0 3-1 2-2 4-0 4-0 4-0
OVERALL 9-3 8-4 11-1 9-3 7-5 10-2 11-1 10-2

Here’s how we did way back in Round 1:

Round 1 Picks

Picks: Geoff KC Jeff Pete Chris Mike Dan Adam
CLE/DET Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs Cavs
BOS/CHI Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics
ORL/PHI Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic
ATL/MIA Heat Hawks Hawks Hawks Heat Heat Hawks Hawks
LAL/UTA Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers
DEN/NO Nuggets Hornets Nuggets Hornets Hornets Nuggets Nuggets Nuggets
SA/DAL Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs
POR/HOU Rockets Blazers Rockets Rockets Rockets Rockets Rockets Blazers
OVERALL 6-2 5-3 7-1 6-2 5-3 6-2 7-1 6-2

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