The Los Angeles Lakers blew out San Antonio Spurs to set the tone in their series. Spurs had plenty of confidence; however, Lakers had too much fire power with Kobe Bryant (who excelled) and Shaquille O’Neal. The Lakers winning in four straight would be no surprise.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks meet for the right to get wiped out by the Lakers. Sixers own the home-court edge; feeling here is that it won’t help. Even with Mutombo helping Allen Iverson, Bucks will prevail and win in seven.
Games for week ending May 27:
On Friday Cleveland Indians will play their first game versus a team that’s playing .500 baseball or better.
Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees: An interesting series. Orlando "El Duque," Hernandez, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte go for N.Y, with El Duque rounding into form, Yanks could win three.
Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers: White Sox astonished the American League in 2000, but in 2001 they went back to their second division play. Tigers are picking up their game of late. Going with Steve Sparks and Jeff Weaver of Detroit double play versus James Baldwin.
Texas Rangers at Baltimore Orioles: Rangers meet someone they think they can beat, not so sure. Pitching bad for Texas, but improving with Baltimore. Going with O’s Pat Hentgen and Jason Johnson.
Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox: Blue Jays have stumbled of late, Red Sox continue to hold slim lead over New York in the A.L. East. Going against Blue Jays Joey Hamilton and Chris Carpenter.
Anaheim Angels at Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Angels should make hay in Tampa where Devil Rays can’t get out of their own way. Devil Rays pitching worse than Rangers mound corp. Angels’ hitting is a plus where three game series goes over in the totals.
Seattle Mariners at Kansas City Royals: Mariners slowed down by Yankees over the weekend. Could be headed for their first slump of the season. Royals have found their batting eye and that could be troublesome here. With all their right-handed power, Royals take out Jamie Moyer and upend Aaron Sele also.
Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins: Interesting series takes place between these two teams who haven’t met this season. Going with Barry Zito and Tim Hudson of the Athletics. In the odd game, going with Twins Brad Radke or Eric Milton.
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs: Brewers on the hunt for a playoff spot in the National League - early but still thinking. Cubs with Kevin Tapani and Julian Tavarez slow Brewers down.
St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds: Reds continue to play badly before the home folks and get a breath of fresh air versus Cards. Though injuries beset Reds, going with Osvaldo Fernandez, Rob Bell to right the ship.
Florida Marlins at New York Mets: Just what the Mets need, a breather, won’t get it here, Marlins young pitchers cause light hitting Mets more problems. Take A.J. Burnett to continue his hot pitching along with Matt Clement for two wins.
Montreal Expos at Philadelphia Phillies: Phils in the high rent district, aiming to stay there. Better not take Expos lightly, especially when Javier Vasquez goes against them. Mike Thurman makes it two for Montreal.
Pittsburgh Pirates at Atlanta Braves: Braves coming to life though they are suffering on the mound. Going against John Smoltz and going with Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux to grab the other two games.
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres: Padres not to be taken lightly, however Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson are pitching superb double play vs. Padres B.J. Jones.
Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers: Dodgers continue their Jekyll and Hyde performances, Jekyll on the road and Hyde at home. Astros are in thick of N.L. Central war. Dodgers cool them off with a one, two, three dose of Kevin Brown, Eric Gagne and Darren Dreifort.
Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants: Rockies baseball fortunes taking an unusual twist for them; pitching has been above average, hitting poor. Playing conditions are one reason, hitting suffers on the road while pitching improves. In one match-up going with Mike Hampton over Livan Hernandez and going with Colorado’s Shawn Chacon over Mark Gardner of the Giants.