Predicting a winner for the Eastern Conference Finals this early in the series could prove to be difficult, but I'm gonna go ahead and pick Detroit. This is simply because Detroit has proven they can go into the Celtics building and win as evident by their 103-97 victory in Game Two in Boston. I love the success that Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen have had so far, and believe me, I look forward to watching Boston make some more playoff runs. I think that Boston will go to the finals possibly next year or the year after that, and maybe even bring home another championship banner to add to the plethora that hang from the TD Banknorth Garden ceiling. Honestly however, if Boston can't win on the road this year, (which they have not done up to this point), than it's Detroit for sure. I'll say that Detroit wins in six and advances.
The Western Conference Finals is an entirely different story in itself. The Lakers and Spurs have had some straight up legendary games between them, so picking a winner isn't easy. The Spurs have experience on their side, and experience is always nice to have on your side. With that experience however, its very apparent that the Spurs have aged. I think that in past years, the Spurs would have taken care of the Hornets in five games at most, and having that series stretch to seven games was not only tiring for the Spurs, it exposed their aging lineup. The Lakers are playing some sound basketball and the fact that they came back from being down 20 points in Game One tells me that I think they'd be able to pull it off. I think the Lakers will stretch the series to seven games and the Spurs will just run out of gas. I give all the credit in the world to the Spurs, they are going to be remembered as one of the great dynasties. I think if you can get some young guys on that team that can be effective immediately that its a very real possibility that the Spurs could fight their way back to the finals. With this team however, it's very clear that they're giving all that they've got, and its exhausting them as a team. Lakers in seven to advance.