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Lakers-Suns matchup: Reporters share their series predictions

May 16, 2010 | 12:34 pm


Mark Heisler, L.A. Times' NBA columnist

Pick: Lakers in five

Reason: Lakers in five, assuming the usual suspects' knees hold up and Steve Nash doesn't figure out a way to shoot 21-for-20.

Mike Bresnahan, L.A. Times' Lakers beat reporter

Pick: Lakers in five

Reason: I love watching the Suns' offense and they are a surprising 8-2 in the playoffs. But they have no answer for the Lakers' size ... or that Bryant guy.

Broderick Turner, L.A. Times' Lakers beat reporter

Pick: Lakers in six

Reason: Lakers are just too big for Phoenix. The Lakers are also athletic enough that they can defend their three-point shooters and pick-and-roll offense.

Mark Medina, L.A. Times' Lakers blogger

Pick: Lakers in five

Reason: Both teams have been playing at their peak, but the Suns won't be able to match the Lakers' size. The Lakers also will prevent Phoenix from beating them in transition by playing at their deliberate pace.

-- Mark Medina

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