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How they win it all — path to the ring for the top seeds

Apr 14, 2011, 9:22 PM EDT

Lakers Ring Ceremony Basketball AP

Boston’s Glen Davis has a great name for it: The Campaign for Champagne.

This year more than any other in recent memory, the path to the championship seems open for a number of teams. The Lakers have the last two titles, but they are flawed, inconsistent and often bored. Boston and San Antonio are old, Chicago and Oklahoma City inexperienced. You can pick apart any contending team and say “this is why they can’t win it.”

But we are about optimism and light here at PBT. So we’re telling you why your favorite team can win it. What they have to do to get a title. Why you should have hope.

Because hope is the best of things.

Eastern Conference

Chicago Bulls

Boston Celtics

Miami Heat

Orlando Magic

Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs

Los Angeles Lakers

Dallas Mavericks

Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. hnirobert3 - Apr 14, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Calling it: Heat vs. Thunder, Heat win in 6. Go ahead and click Thumbs Down but remember where you heard it first.

    • wfon1 - Apr 15, 2011 at 2:37 AM

      Experience usually wins it in the playoffs, so Im going with the Lakers. Lakers vs Celtics III (this century). Thumbs down for you.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 15, 2011 at 8:22 AM

        beginning of the season, i said Lakers vs Celtics. I’m sticking with my prediction.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 15, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      I just say thumbs down because I don’t see the Thunder making it there quite yet.

  2. andyhr17 - Apr 15, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    I’m crossing my fingers for a Lakers vs. Celtics showdown so there can be a best of three winner….unfortunately I don’t see my Celts or the Lakers making it there this year. Crazier things have happened though and anything at all is possible.

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