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Lakers-Suns matchup: Reporters share their series predictions


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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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest takes part in drills during a team practice session at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo on Wednesday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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Lakers in 5 against the suns.
Even though Foston won today i'm betting this series goes 6-7 games. C's are not good at home and the Magic are not going to give up that easily. I would rather play the C's for the ultimate revenge factor and so we could have HCA.


back from hell. for a short time.

That was an interesting Magic/C's game. The Magic played about as bad
as they possibly could. They were down by 20 pts. at one pt. They
cam back to w/in 3 before losing by 5.

It's a 7 game series. I'm looking forward to the rest. I stand by my earlier
statement until the series is over.

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