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Lakers-Jazz playoff predictions

May 1, 2010 |  2:21 pm

Mark Heisler, L.A. Times NBA columnist

Prediction: "Lakers if Kobe averages 25. Jazz if he's 20 or below. Seven-game series if he's 20-24."

Mike Bresnahan, L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter

Pick: Lakers in five.

Reason: "The fact the Lakers beat the Jazz the last two years in the playoffs and went 3-1 against them this season (including a "W" in Utah without Bynum and Kobe) makes this any easy pick."

Broderick Turner, L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter

Pick: Lakers in six

Reason: The Lakers are clearly better than the Jazz. The Jazz has a Hall-of-Fame Coach in Jerry Sloan and a talented guard in Deron Williams. That should be good enough to get two victories.

Mark Medina, L.A. Times Lakers blogger

Pick: Lakers in five

Reason: The Lakers may have their fair share of injuries, but so does the Jazz. Utah may have been able to absorb them against Denver, but it will be too much to overcome against the Lakers.

--Mark Medina

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