OK, it’s only Monday and Game 1 of the Finals isn’t until Thursday, plus Lakers coach Phil Jackson was as coy as ever about how his team might match up with the Orlando Magic. But here’s a good guess on how things might look for the opening game:
Center: The Lakers’ Andrew Bynum versus the Magic’s Dwight Howard.
Power forward: Pau Gasol vs. Rashard Lewis.
Small forward: Trevor Ariza vs. Hedo Turkoglu.
Shooting guard: Kobe Bryant vs. Courtney Lee.
Point guard: Derek Fisher vs. Rafer Alston.
I would give Howard the edge over Bynum, but the Lakers win the rest of the 1-on-1 matchups. Anyone have any other thoughts?