Last year when the Finals came around, the ESPN "experts" all made their picks for the team that they thought would emerge victoriously. Of the 10 picks last year, 9 picked the Lakers and only 1, Tim Legler, picked the Celtics.
Now, one year later, the Celtics are out of the playoffs and the Lakers are taking on the Magic. Once again, the ESPN "experts" have made their picks for the team that they feel will come out on top in the Finals. Looking at their picks, it looks eerily familiar.
Nine of the ten experts once again pick the Lakers. Even Tim Legler who stood alone last season has gone over to the dark side and picked the Lakers. Only Henry Abbott of TrueHoop has the courage to go against the flow and pick the Magic. Here is what Henry had to say about his pick:
I see these NBA Finals as two evenly-matched titans. Imagine my surprise to learn that I am the only ESPN.com "expert" to pick the Magic. I'm proud of the pick, though, for the simple reason that the Magic have been playing the best basketball I have seen this year. The Lakers were fantastically good in eliminating the Nuggets. But the Magic have some of the best defense in the NBA, a conundrum for opponents in whether to double Dwight Howard or stay with 3-point shooters, and most importantly: I can't remember a single playoff play at either end of the court when the Magic didn't play hard.
Being the underdog worked out pretty good for the Celtics last year and hopefully it will be just as lucky for the Magic this year.