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The Heat. I hate that it's going to happen, but I'm afraid it is. With their "Big Three," it's hard to see anyone taking them down. I know they don't have much in the way of an inside presence, but you can win that way too. I remember Jordan's Bulls winning with a couple of great perimeter players and a bunch of warm bodies playing inside.
The other thing is that none of the competition is that great. If New Orleans could take 2 games off the Lakers, the Heat is going to be able to win 4. The Celtics are old and hurt and have little inside. The Bulls are young and have Rose and a defense and not much else.
I'm going to have to throw up when it happens, but I think the Heat will win.
There can be little in way of absolute answers to this question. With a little over a month of playoffs to go, so much can happen. I think that one has to say that the Lakers still control much in way of being the team to beat. Given their recent scare from the Hornets, I think that their focus has been recalibrated. They have a sizable advantage in their front court with Bynum having recovered over his injury and with Gasol and Odom, this size makes them formidable. They also have Bryant, which by its own right gives them an advantage. With the Mavs as their next opponent, I think that Lakers move to the finals and probably come out of the West. However, I think that Oklahoma City, provided they get through Memphis, can really put a scare into the Lakers. However, given the fact that the Lakers have won the last two titles as well as played in the last three finals, I just think that they are the team to beat and while prognosticating usually does little good, I would say that they become the team to beat.
The Dallas Mavericks.
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