Tonight the NBA Finals begin and it looks like a classic matchup. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers I believe will take the series in 7 games. Dwight Howard and the Magic are a great team, with a great coach (Stan Van Gundy), but I just believe that the best player in basketball will not lose. Barring any injuries, I just can't see Kobe getting this far and losing to a young Magic team.
Dwight Howard is a monster in the paint. Patrick Ewing has done a tremendous job of coaching the Big Man. As a team, in my opinion, the Orlando Magic are more cohesive. Rashard Lewis and Hedo Türkoglu benefit tremendously from The Big Man's presence in the paint. However, Kobe and Lamar Odom is a better tandem than Howard and Lewis; the Lakers' Bigs (Odom, Gasol, Bynum + Ariza) have tremendous length and should work well as a team against Howard. Derek Fisher will be key, as he always has been clutch in past playoff performances.
What's interesting is that the Orlando Magic won both regular season matchups. I won't be surprised if the series has some blowout games by the Magic-people forget that many of the 'classic' NBA 7-game series had blowouts during the course of the 7 games. What makes the series classic is that they make it to a 7th game, and this series looks to do that. Lakers in 7.