OK … we’re at the Final Four stage for the NBA and NHL playoffs. Let’s get some predictions from the Pine on how the playoffs will unravel for each sport. I’ll start:
NBA: Lakers over the Suns in 6. This just isn’t a good size/position match-up for Phoenix; LA’s size and length plus skill at the paint positions will be the difference.
Magic over the Celtics in 7. Close match-up! I think Orlando’s youth and home court advantage will be the slight difference.
NHL: Blackhawks over the Sharks in 7. Okay … this is my heart making this call, but the Hawks haven’t had this good a team in a looooooooong time, so this is the year! Plus, they’re playing exceptionally well on the road in these playoffs.
Canadiens over the Flyers in 7. And why not??? At this point, it’s certainly not an upset. Halak the Rock!!! Soft spot for Anchorage’s favorite son … Scotty Gomez of Les Habs.
Those of you on the Bench … please share your thoughts!