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Game 7 predictions roundup

Posted By Sam Dykstra On June 17, 2010 @ 2:36 pm In General | 1 Comment

Before the opening tip of this year’€™s NBA finals [1] between the Celtics [2] and Lakers, many NBA analysts predicted that the series between the heated rivals would go the full seven games. Now, with Game 7 officially upon us Thursday night, many of those same so-called experts are back with their predictions for the deciding game of the championship. Here’€™s a roundup of some of those predictions.

– Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and radio host Stephen A. Smith told Dennis & Callahan that he’€™s going to stick with his original pick of the C’€™s in 7. [3]

Several Sports Illustrated writers give their guesses at the outcome [4]. Four of the six predict a Boston win, including frequent WEEI guest Ian Thomsen, who thinks the final tally will be 92-89 in favor of the Green.

ESPN asked several of its experts what they expect for Game 7. [5] Kevin Arnovitz and Chris Sheridan both think it will be a last-possession game but differ on who will make the game-winner. Arnovitz picked Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant [6] while Sheridan went with Boston closer Paul Pierce [7].

– Also, as a part of its rivalry page, ESPN had two writers write why they believe the C’€™s will win and why the Lakers will win, with ESPNBoston.com’€™s Chris Forsberg doing the former [8] and Land O’€™Lakers blogger [9]Andy Kamenetzky doing the latter [9].

ESPN analyst Jamal Mashburn, who also was a guest Thursday morning on the Dennis & Callahan show [10], says that ‘€œthere’€™s no doubt in my mind’€ that the Lakers will win [11]. He also predicted that Glen Davis [12] will start as the replacement for Kendrick Perkins [13].

-- Glen Davis gave his own prediction of a Celtics win in this piece from The Los Angeles Times. [14]

– Finally, SportingNews.com ran an AccuScore projection of Thursday night’€™s game [15], and the Lakers won 76 percent of the 10,000 simulations run by the program. The average score was 97.4-89.7.


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[1] NBA finals: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nba-finals.htm

[2] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[3] he’€™s going to stick with his original pick of the C’€™s in 7. : http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2010/06/17/stephen-a-smith-on-dc-never-seen-kobe-this-focused/

[4] Several Sports Illustrated writers give their guesses at the outcome: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/nba/06/16/game7.predictions/index.html?eref=sihp

[5] ESPN asked several of its experts what they expect for Game 7.: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2010/news/story?page=CelticsLakers-100617

[6] Kobe Bryant: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kobe-bryant.htm

[7] Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm

[8] ESPNBoston.com’€™s Chris Forsberg doing the former: http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/columns/story?columnist=forsberg_chris&id=5296733

[9] Land O’€™Lakers blogger : http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/8498/why-the-lakers-will-win-game-7

[10] who also was a guest Thursday morning on the Dennis & Callahan show: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2010/06/17/mashburn-on-dc-this-is-rondos-team/#comments

[11] ‘€œthere’€™s no doubt in my mind’€ that the Lakers will win: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5296447

[12] Glen Davis: http://media.weei.com/basketball/glen-davis.htm

[13] Kendrick Perkins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kendrick-perkins.htm

[14] this piece from The Los Angeles Times.: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lakers-celtics-davis-20100617,0,5006122.story

[15] an AccuScore projection of Thursday night’€™s game: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/projection?game_id=2010061713

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