Cavs, Jazz closing gap

May 29, 2007 5:18 AM

Old school vs. new is basically in the middle after three games.

The home teams are a perfect 6-0, a trend that could see each Game 5 again determine who makes the NBA Finals.

Lebron James has faced much unfair criticism for not being a hog with the ball against Detroit. Meanwhile, Deron Williams has grown into a superstar before our eyes against San Antonio. Now Utah just needs AK-47 to show up.

EAST FINAL, Game 4. TUESDAY (c/o LVSC)

Pistons +2 at Cavaliers (171): If you like rough, tough half-court basketball, this is your series. This is definitely not Golden State-Dallas You know what Detroit brings — five players who can score 20 at any time and in your face defense. The Cavs to their credit have been in every game. If Lebron James takes the game over, Cleveland can make this a 7-game series just like last year. We think he can. CAVS.

WEST FINAL, Game 5. WEDNESDAY (odds c/o GT)

Jazz +5½ at Spurs: Assuming Utah won Game 4 Monday in Salt Lake City, the Jazz still face the daunting task of winning once in San Antonio. The Spurs have already won twice over Utah at home and will probably be a modest favorite. If the Spurs won Game 4, they will look to put the dagger in here. We’ll pick thinking it’s 2-2. JAZZ.

PLAYOFFS

Season

Pct

5-5

80-91-3

46.8