Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lakers First Round Preview

Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

As the Los Angeles Lakers enter the first round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs, there are a lot of things they need to know. Referring to what Anthony said, I think the only upset in the West would be the Houston Rockets winning. Other than that, I see no upsets. Despite the Denver Nuggets being a number 8 seed (with no defensive ability), they still can give a fight.

The Lakers have had their defensive slumps. They have allowed teams to score at will in certain instances. It cannot happen now. The Lakers' ability to defend that dreaded pick-and-roll is the key for the Lakers' success.

In general, nobody will be able to guard Kobe Bryant, and the overwhelming frontcourt of Vladimir Radmanovic, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and even bodies like Chris Mihm and DJ Mbenga (in Andrew Bynum's period of rehab). The Nuggets have tremendous scoring ability, and as long as four of them are sober, they will score points. Let's just hope the Lakers end up with more at the end of each game.

Lakers in 6.

To Be Continued...

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